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Swedish teen girl trounces perfume thief

TT/Clara Guibourg · 16 Jul 2011, 11:03

Published: 16 Jul 2011 11:03 GMT+02:00

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Several passers-by helped the employees chase after the man, but it was a 17-year-old girl who finally stopped him, by tackling him into Grand Hôtel's exterior wall, reported regional newspaper Skånska Dagbladet.

The teenage girl and a friend had been out walking, when the would-be thief came running in the opposite direction, and the girls both turned and immediately began to chase after him.

When the 17 year-old finally caught up to him, by the upmarket hotel, she pushed the 37 year-old into the wall and then, ignoring his repeated yells of "let me go", held him there with the help of three others until the police came.

The perfume theft led to a search of the man's car, where further discoveries were made.

In the 37 year-old's car, police found a plethora of stolen items including sunglasses, cosmetics and clothes worth a total of 26,000 kronor.

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On Friday the man was charged with theft and handling of stolen goods.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:29 July 16, 2011 by blursd
Would you say I have a plethora ...?
10:33 July 16, 2011 by me_i_sverige
In a bizarre twist of story, this man will sue these girls for obstructing his freedom of movement in the public area. The judge will rule in favor of man and will order the girls to pay compensation. This is Sweden and it is likely to happen.
10:39 July 16, 2011 by JohnAndersson
The girls should be charged with assault, shame on them. Property theft is a nonviolent crime and to attack the man like this is absolute unnecessary.
11:35 July 16, 2011 by johnny1939
A good deed never goes unpunished.
11:57 July 16, 2011 by foxpur

Sure "I have a plethora or a sundry of computer parts"
12:24 July 16, 2011 by prince T
I was thinking i hope the ladies are not charged for doing a good deed. Only to read johnndersson post. He was restrained but not attacked. I dont know what else the girls should. This kind of mad treatment make others to turn away when they see evil going on.
12:38 July 16, 2011 by J Jack
Like many teenage girls in South Sweden, I suspect she had a plethora of excess weight with which to contain the thief .. surprised she didn't haul him into McDonalds for a quick bite while waiting for the cops.
14:47 July 16, 2011 by Iraniboy
hehe! Najs!
19:30 July 16, 2011 by Avidror
@me_i_sverige, #2.

Why the hell there are people in The Local crying about people who will be punished by a court for doing something which in fact is legal? Because detaining a thief, even when done by a passerby, is perfectly legal, unless he or she uses an excessive force.

@JohnAndersson, #3.

I repeat: detaining a thief is legal even when done by a passerby through the use of the appropriate and necessary force, neither more nor less. You're writing about how the girl stopped the thief as if she had kicked his head repeatedly, thus putting his life in danger unnecessarily.
23:12 July 16, 2011 by Grokh
justice was served. lucky them he didnt have a knife and end up getting killed and found out next day like what happened to that guy in usa who helped someone who was being stolen got stabbed and stood in the ground for almost a whole day dead while people just walked by.

They should have kicked the crap out of him though, fking criminals.
22:55 July 17, 2011 by Haubits77B
He will get his punishment. Remember that the first court in Sweden (Tingsrätten) has 5 judges - one pro and 4 laymen, so they will vote in the girls favour...
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