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Teenager and mum in Smurfs supermarket heist

A 13-year-old Belgian boy and his mother who made off with armfuls of toy Smurfs have been nabbed with the haul of small blue heroes dreamt up by a Belgian comic-book author, police said Monday.

Staged weeks ahead of the worldwide release of the much-awaited Hollywood movie on Peyo’s Smurfs, the heist took place Friday in a supermarket outside Ghent.

As the mother stood watch, the teenager stuffed bundles of Smurf toys into his clothes before the two left the store. But they were quickly identified thanks to surveillance cameras and confessed, police said.

The heist ran up to almost 600 euros ($871).