French boot thief stalks village schoolgirls

28th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

French police said Friday they were hunting a man who sneaks up on schoolgirls, knocks them to the ground and steals their boots.

The boot thief has struck twice in recent weeks in the western village of La Jarrie near the port city of La Rochelle, first targeting an 11-year-old and a few weeks later a 14-year-old.

The man creeps up behind his victim, grabs her ankle and tips her over before pulling off her footwear and then running off with the booty, the 14-year-old's father told Sud Ouest newspaper.

A local cafe owner said frightened parents were now accompanying their offspring to the school bus instead of letting them walk on their own.

© 2011 AFP

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