Hundreds of unlocked ofo rental bicycles have been found buried under construction waste in Chengdu. The bikes were in miserable conditions with deformed tires, broken chains, and damaged seats, but were fairly new, produced as early as March this year. The incident was reported to Chengdu Wuhou Police and the police is investigating, Chinese media The Cover is reporting.

“In April, I used the back-end software to check the use of bicycles in the corresponding area as usual,” Chen Long, operations director of ofo in Chengdu, said. When he found that there was a particularly large number of bicycles in the same location, all in silent mode, meaning that vehicle has not been used for more than three days. The staff sent to the scene found that the bicycles were buried in various positions under construction waste and later noticed at least hundreds of bikes were buried there.

“If it is deliberately damaging rental bicycles, its behavior has been suspected of violating the criminal law,” Zhu Jieping, director of the Taiyi Law (Chengdu) Office said.

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Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com