21 Jul 2011

A 'C' TO 'I' OF EUROPEAN CRIMINAL COCK-UPS

CROATIA: 


Quick-witted shop assistants at a petrol station in Zagreb foiled a raid by an axe-wielding masked thief by defending themselves with the first things that came to hand .... They pelted him with chocolate bars from the confectionery display until he gave up and ran away.




ENGLAND: 


A man has been arrested for breaking into a police station in Manchester, England. Officers allegedly found him in the station wearing a helmet and one of their uniforms, and helping himself to coffee and a bowl of porridge he'd found in the staff kitchen.


Police received a call about a citizen's arrest. Andrew Swaine, 39, tried to flee after a fight in Bradford, but a woman dressed as a cow sat on him until police arrived.






GERMANY:


An over-confident 19-year-old bank robber in Rottingen sent emails to the police pointing out they'd got his age, height, accent and means of getaway wrong in reports of his crime they'd given to newspapers. Officers caught up with him a few hours later after tracing the emails.


A thief who tried to break open a donation box and steal the contents at St Benno's church, Munich, dislodged a life-size statue of Saint Antonius, which toppled over and fell on him. He fled empty-handed with a nasty cut on his head.


ITALY:


Drug smuggler Giancario Sabatini has been captured in Rocca Priora, near Rome, after 10 years onthe run because he couldn't resist the taste of his wife's lasagne. His daughter unwittingly led police to Sabatini when they followed her taking a plate of her mum's cooking to his hiding place.


A shop assistant in Nuoro foiled an armed raid by simply ignoring the robber who was pointing a gun at him. The man on the till was on his phone when the would-be-thief arrived, so carried on chatting until the gunmen gave up and left. The manager of the shop said the cashier had been given 'a few days off'.



9 comments:

Misha said...

I won't mind being pelted with chocolate bars :D

I really admire that woman dressed as a cow. haha

Great post, Tracy, like always!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I really have to stop by here more often... you make me laugh!

NRIGirl said...

How cool is that, to just ignore a gun man over a conversation. The Italian shop keeper amazes me.

On a side note Petty, You must read "my" What is a Boy post. You would love it...

animewookie said...

That must have been *some* lasagne...lol

The Golden Eagle said...

Wow. He just ignored an armed gunman? That's a feat!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Breaking into a police station? Actually the station should arrest themselves! No doughnuts? Just porridge? Horrid! ;D

purplume said...

I don't think I could waste the chocolate, although it was probably still edible.
My husband and I love watching British TV shows, especially crime dramas. You have the most interesting stuff over there. XD

Kelly said...

These are great! I would like to have seen the woman dressed as a cow who made the citizen's arrest!

GMR said...

Oh my goodness! Chocolate as a weapon, a cow cop, and a bragging thief...serves them right. Too bad for the fellow downed by lasagna....though if it's as good as my mom's it made a great last meal.