Police have nabbed a man alleged of stealing oil well electricity to power his Bitcoin mining rig in the Haerken district, Tsitsihar, China. On May 28, 2019, Daqing Oilfield contacted the Green Grassland Police Station in the Qiqihar District Public Security Bureau alleging that a Bitcoin miner is stealing the company’s electricity to power mining rig.
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The police discovered a small white iron shed with nothing less than 20 bitcoin mining machines that were at the time mining Bitcoin in that location. To ascertain the criminal facts, Police said it discovered the cable was connected to the oil well electricity source and confirmed that Li used the well’s electricity to power his Bitcoin mining machine.