Tai became the first victim of intruders in the country, whose main purpose was cryptocurrency. The Taiwanese arranged a meeting to sell his 18 BTC for cash, Finance Magnates reports.
The unknown person contacted Tai and arranged a personal meeting in Taichung City, during which he agreed to exchange cash for Bitcoin.
However, Taiwanese and his friend met three unknowns on the spot. After Tai demonstrated on his smartphone that he really has 18 BTC, the criminals attacked and beat both of them.
After that, the attackers forced Tai to transfer Bitcoin to them, at that time it cost about 5 million Taiwan dollars ($ 170,000). According to the victims, after that, the intruders forced them to drink a significant amount of Gaoliang liquor in order to create the appearance of a drunken brawl.
Fortunately for Tai, the witnesses of the incident called the police. Arriving at the scene, law enforcement officers detained one of the intruders, the other two disappeared, but were detained later: one of them even managed to escape to a neighboring island. According to the police, this was the first bitcoin robbery in the country.
Subsequently, the fourth suspect, who was not present at the meeting, was detained, he is accused of organizing a robbery. At the moment it is not known whether the stolen BTC were returned to their owner or not.