French police help thief to pocket watches

14th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 13 (AFP) - A swindler posing as the owner of a jewellery store outside Paris managed to steal a set of luxury pens and watches with the unwitting help of local police and a locksmith, police said on Saturday.

PARIS, Nov 13 (AFP) - A swindler posing as the owner of a jewellery store outside Paris managed to steal a set of luxury pens and watches with the unwitting help of local police and a locksmith, police said on Saturday.

Claiming to be the owner of a jewellery store a few blocks away, a 30-year-old man called in at the police station in Enghien-les-Bains, a small town north west of Paris, at around midnight on Saturday last week.

The man, identified only as Yves, told the officers he had lost his keys and needed their help to get into the shop. They kindly obliged, calling in a locksmith to pry open the door.

The locksmith became suspicious, however, after the man reached for the shop's display counters, grabbing a handful of fountain pens and watches - among them a Rolex.

He asked him for an ID, but the burglar said he had left his papers at the police station. He then fled the scene, carrying with him booty worth some EUR 10,OOO (USD 13,000).

Police caught up with the thief the following day, and recovered part of the loot from his home in a nearby town.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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