A man who was arrested for trying to steal books in Chongqing municipality confessed on Monday that he stole 1,565 books in the last three years.
Surnamed Liu, he said he felt his crime was just a bad habit but the hobby costs several bookstores 37,000 yuan ($5,417) in losses.
After guards stopped him on Monday, he told police he wanted to read them, not to sell them.
"I have no money but like reading very much, so I stole the books," Liu said.
(Chongqing Commercial Daily)