Police who solved a spate of mystery burglaries were shocked to find the culprit was biting his way through steel window bars. Detectives in Nanjimen region, Chongqing, were puzzled by continuous reports of break-ins through caged windows.

“Through our investigations, we found the grids had been cut but with deep tooth prints,” a local police spokesman told the Chongqing Business Daily. Eventually, their inquiries led them to interview a man who revealed he was sharing a hotel room with a man who could crack walnuts with his teeth.jaws

Police brought in the man, Xiong, 23, for questioning and he confessed that he was behind the burglaries.

He revealed that he had turned to crime after failing to find a job and could not even remember how many houses he had broken into over the last two years. Xiong told police he had grown up in a mountain town and had developed strong, sharp teeth by using them to open the walnuts which grew there in abundance. He had found that he could chew open any steel bars up to 1cm in thickness, by prising open welding spots with his teeth.

“I only failed once in the past two years. Once I bit on a 2cm thick steel grid, and the first bite nearly dislocated my jaw,” he said.

“I never take other tools with me when breaking in. That’s why I never got stopped by patrolling officers at night.”

So the obvious question is what prison can hold this guy?

  1. cheapdaddy says:

    I’ve seen Chinese steel quality, and I’m not a ‘bit’ surprised!

  2. Hmeyers says:


  3. Jägermeister says:

    #1 – cheapdaddy

    I’m leaning towards your conclusion as well.

  4. right says:

    So when he goes to court, is he asked to tell the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth?

  5. hhopper says:

    “Waiter, take this back. There’s carbon in my steel!”

  6. Joe says:

    Most Chinese steel has lots of lead in it.

    Speaking of police states…

  7. kanjy says:

    Yes, but does he really chew through the steel bars? It sounds more like he grinds open the welding spots. Methinks your headline is perhaps a bit misleading. What we need less of in the media is misleading headlines which propagate false information.

  8. Nimby says:

    Chine news headline:
    Local steelmill owner commits suicide after steel bars found to contain 65% melamine.

  9. Glenn E. says:

    It’s a wonder this guy’s teeth weren’t declared as burglar tools, and deemed they be removed. And dentures be supplied, that break easily.

  10. amodedoma says:

    I saw Jaws in O’hare back in the 80’s. Even scarier in person than in the Bond flick.

  11. MikeR says:

    “So the obvious question is what prison can hold this guy?”

    Obvious answer: One with 220 volts running through the bars…

  12. stainless steel bars says:

    hahaha this guy is amazing! I bet his whole family also chew steel bars on a daily basis. I agree with MikeR, the only facility that can hold him in is the one with live volts or better yet, electrocute him?


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