Nation's oldest thief strikes again

23rd February 2006, Comments 0 comments

23 February 2006, BRUSSELS — The oldest thief in Belgium has struck again — this time in the East Flemish town of Zomergem.

23 February 2006

BRUSSELS — The oldest thief in Belgium has struck again — this time in the East Flemish town of Zomergem.

Georges Pirard, 78, travelled from his Anderlecht home with the train to Zomergem, where he again tried to steal from a church donation box.

"We recognised the thief from the newspaper," a witness said.

"When we saw him enter the church we informed the police."

Police arrested Pirard before he could break into the church donation box.

It is the latest incident in a series of thefts involving Pirard, who was jailed and fined at the start of this year for a similar offence.

However, just two days later, Pirard — who wants to be placed in a retirement home —resorted to his old tactics.

Leuven Court then released the man earlier this month on the condition he report every day to police.

Defence lawyer Geert Jaspaert has admitted Pirard is an incorrigible thief, but has advised against jailing him. "He needs help and guidance," he said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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