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Dutch half-marathon runners outpace Malmö thief

Paul O'Mahony · 12 Jun 2010, 10:34

Published: 12 Jun 2010 10:34 GMT+02:00

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The 24-year-old thief bolted out the door when he heard the vehicle's occupants returning, local newspaper Sydsvenskan reports. But his pace was no match for the amateur athletes.

"The Dutch people had their trainers on," police inspector Magnus Svensson told the newspaper.

The visitors had arrived in the city earlier in the day and parked their camper outside Casino Cosmopol. Once they had finished sightseeing, the runners returned to their vehicle, which they noticed was shaking.

"It was the wrong place to try a break- in," said Svensson.

The runners hot-footed it after the burglar and a newly stolen iPhone was quickly returned to its rightful owners. The man, who is known to the police, was later arrested and is suspected of aggravated robbery.

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The tourists from the Netherlands are among 30,000 people set to participate in Saturday's afternoon’s Broloppet race over the Öresund Bridge.

Paul O'Mahony (paul.omahony@thelocal.com)

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15:17 June 12, 2010 by Puffin
Ha ha

This happened to a friend of mine in Russia - he was also an amateur middle distance runner and described with glee the look on the thiefs face when he came up alongside - grabbed back his belongings and ran off into the distance :)
18:36 June 12, 2010 by GLO
Well Done .....
00:40 June 13, 2010 by dbeynch
Is there any way to find out more about the alleged 24-year old thief?
05:52 June 13, 2010 by blursd
I had something like this happen to me once at the beach here in San Diego a couple years ago. Guy comes up to my stuff while I'm about twenty feet away and takes my iPod ... I yell at him, and he starts running. The guy was actually in pretty good shape, but I'm a marathon runner, and run an average of about 35-45 miles a week. Took almost three-quarters of a mile, but eventually he ran out of breath ... and I was still just fine. No police though ... he dropped my iPod in some bushes, and I stopped chasing him. He looked like he was about ready to throw up though ... he was full out sprinting (which if you don't train regularly is a lot harder than if you do endurance sports). Five minutes of quick running is a warm-up for me before I go running for two or more hours.
11:36 June 13, 2010 by Puffin
@ dbeynch

You can fllow the trial in Tingrätten when it comes up
14:30 June 13, 2010 by Dazzler
Hopefully they stomped him into unconsciousness!
16:16 June 13, 2010 by Soft Boiled
I bet the police turned up and gave him a smack on the wrist (but not too hard) and a "dont do it again" speech. Where upon he was released back into the community. Then they arrested the dutch for disturbing the peace.
16:59 June 13, 2010 by McChatter
This doesn´t surprise me at all. This is Malmö, my friends. The place where it all happens. Murders, fires, robberies, they've got it all. All thanks to Mr. Reepalu and his lefty friends. Losers!
08:10 June 14, 2010 by wabasha
sounds like vigilante justice to me. how dare they solve their own crimes.
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