The thief busted open the security shutters in front of the Alibaba Livs in central Örebro in the early hours of Wednesday morning and then smashed his way in through the front window.
The man’s forced entry did not go unnoticed however, setting off the shop’s alarm system and notifying the police.
When the police arrived at the store, the man managed to evade capture by hiding in the shop.
“We combed the shop as well as we could and conducted a manual search,” duty police officer Kenneth Johannesson told the newspaper.
The police arrived without a sniffer dog and were thus unable to conduct a more thorough search of the premises.
After the window was repaired the thief found himself locked in with his exit route blocked.
Faced with an acute shortage of options, he then proceeded to smash his way back out of the shop, setting off the alarm once again.
Witnesses reported seeing the man crawl back out through the window before he off down the street. When the police arrived again, however, there were no sight of the man and no arrests have since been made.
“It is hard to find finger prints now when so many people have been there,” the police said.