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Blame the booze? Thief takes very wrong turn

A Polish shoplifter took a very wrong turn -- toward Rome’s police headquarters -- while fleeing a supermarket with two stolen bottles of alcohol.
/ Source: Reuters

A Polish shoplifter took a very wrong turn — toward Rome’s police headquarters — while fleeing a supermarket with two stolen bottles of alcohol.

Hearing screams of “Stop thief!”, heavily armed police just outside the building coolly grabbed the 19-year-old, a police spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Stunned, the crook immediately confessed and handed over the liquor.

“Yes, I stole the bottles. But not this chocolate,” he said, pointing to a candy bar he had purchased earlier, according to Il Messaggero newspaper.

Three of his friends, spectators to the event, were arrested as accomplices, the spokeswoman said.