An official in Laixi, Shandong province, convinced a first-time thief, who had stolen his car license plate, to give up the way of crime.
The former thief now works as a waiter at a restaurant.
Late last month, Wang Gang found a note on his car demanding 200 yuan ($29) in exchange for his missing number plate.
Wang phoned the number written on the note and convinced the thief to give up stealing, saying it would land him behind bars sooner or later.
Wang found his car`s license plate on his doorstep the next morning.
Attached to it was a note, thanking Wang for his advice.