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Man drops trousers in foiled pharmacy heist

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08:01 CEST+02:00
A 40-year-old man has been charged over a bungled raid on a Malmö pharmacy which left him with his pants down after he fell into a bush with the loot, only to be caught on film by a passer-by.

The man went in the pharmacy in the middle of May, held up a paving-stone and screamed: "Open the till, or I'll smash you into pieces".

The cashier became frightened and was too shaken to push the alarm call button, instead handing over a pile of 100 and 500 kronor notes.

"He looked desperate, wild," the cashier said in police interviews.

The thief grabbed the money, left the premises and fled over the bushes outside; at which point he fell, dropped the paving-stone, some of the money and finally, his trousers.

By a nearby cashpoint machine a man stood aghast at the scene playing out before his eyes but was able to catch the bungled getaway on film, which was then handed over to the police.

When police viewed the film they immediately recognised the hapless robber and were able to detain him two weeks later.

The man has denied the charges, arguing that he has no recollection of the events.

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