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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Swimwear Sneaks Join Comical Wine Smuggler Brigade !

Three French thieves find a novel way to expand the long list of incompetent attempted robberies.

The tradition of wearing female sportswear when going shoplifting in the French city of Orléans appears to be curiously persistent.

In the space of 15 days, three men were arrested after trying to steal wine and whisky from supermarkets, and all were found to be channeling their inner Sports Illustrated cover star when questioned by police – each was wearing a one-piece women's swimsuit under their clothes.
The swimsuits acted as a kind of net underneath the thieves' outer clothing, allowing them to slip several items into the tight-fitting garments and keep their hands free. One man managed to secrete five bottles of Champagne about his person, while another had loaded up on five bottles of whisky. A few days previously, another man had been caught with another five bottles of Champagne underneath his Lycra.

The technique seems to have been around for a while in the city. In March 2010, five people were arrested for theft at a supermarket in Orléans. They had tried to steal €1000 of goods, mainly alcohol, but also 42 chocolate bars. They also were found to be wearing swimwear under their clothes; they were fined and ordered to leave the area by the court.While donning a one-piece to go on a crime spree might seem odd, at least it was a touch more thoughtful than some other wine-inspired outlaws.

In Fort Walton Beach, Florida, a man delighting in the name Michael "Two Feather" Wayne Barrows was arrested in December. He had grabbed a sub sandwich and a quart bottle of wine in a store and simply stuck both down the front of his trousers. The flattering, but patently obvious, bulge gave him away and he was subsequently arrested and, according to website crimefeed.com: "He was charged with retail theft, resisting arrest and having one of the most Florida names ever."

Still, at least he wasn't as dumb as the Colorado Springs stick-up artist who was distracted from his work by his love for Scotch.He walked into a corner store with a shotgun and demanded all the cash from the cash drawer. After the cashier put the cash in a bag, the robber saw a bottle of Scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the shelf. He told the cashier to put it in the bag as well, but the cashier refused on the grounds that he didn't believe the robber was over 21.

The robber then took out his driver's license and gave it to the clerk. The clerk looked it over, and agreed that the man was, in fact, over 21 and he put the Scotch in the bag and the robber ran off. The cashier promptly called the police and gave the name and address of the robber that he got from the license. They arrested the robber two hours later.

Source: http://www.wine-searcher.com/

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