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Thieves charged after pooping at crime scene

TT/The Local/dl · 19 Oct 2011, 10:19

Published: 19 Oct 2011 10:19 GMT+02:00

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Last February, strawberry grower Elof Dahlén was attacked by two masked men who barged into his home near Vara in central Sweden.

“They taped my arms behind my back. They taped my legs and my entire head so I couldn't see or hear anything,” Dahlén told the local Sveriges Radio (SR) in Skaraborg.

But before carrying out the theft, the two robbers, along with an accomplice, had all defecated on the ground near their getaway vehicle, not far from Dahlén's home.

After rummaging through Dahlén's home for several hours the robbers made off with 10,000 kronor ($1,500) in cash and tools valued at 48,000 kronor.

They also stole Dahlén's car to hasten their escape, driving it to the site where their accomplice was waiting with the getaway truck.

The thieves then set the car on fire and fled the scene, leaving the flaming car parked near the droppings they had deposited prior to the daring robbery.

When police eventually arrived, they freed the still-bound strawberry farmer and quickly located his burning car.

Shortly thereafter, crime scene investigators stumbled across the three piles of poo from which they were able to secure DNA evidence which eventually led them to the perpetrators, the local Nya Lidköpings-Tidningen reported.

On Tuesday, the two robbers, aged 26 and 36, were charged for the theft in Skaraborg District Court after admitting to the crime during an interrogation by police, following their arrest in July.

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One of the men is also facing charges for additional thefts of diesel fuel and power saws in the the communities of Varberg, Gislaved, and Mark in western Sweden.

Dahlén was relieved that the men are set to stand trial, and praised police for carrying out a thorough investigation.

“The police have done a fantastic job solving this crime,” he told the newspaper.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:03 October 19, 2011 by muscle
lol, a shitty job :)
12:13 October 19, 2011 by Svensksmith
The police used their skills to flush out the Poo Poo Bandits.
13:03 October 19, 2011 by London_Jim

Has the translation been done by an American mom from a 1980s comedy?
14:25 October 19, 2011 by charubun pananon
Dog investigation model, successful.
14:29 October 19, 2011 by Addendum
"...crime scene investigators stumbled across the three piles of poo from which they were able to secure DNA evidence which eventually led them to the perpetrators..."

HOW did DNA evidence LEAD them to the poopetrators?
14:48 October 19, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
Now thats called a sh!t evidence
15:26 October 19, 2011 by Svensksmith
The police said that simple grunt work solved the case.
15:31 October 19, 2011 by jack sprat
Maybe they thought that their smelly little organic deposits could be used by the farmer for fertilizer as their first compensation payment towards his losses.

Very thoughtful of them to be sure..
16:22 October 19, 2011 by Tanskalainen
There is nothing like a group poop among friends.
18:11 October 19, 2011 by Scansson
There's something really smelly about this sh!tsuation :
18:43 October 19, 2011 by Snoopy!
shittt ! what a bummer !
20:21 October 19, 2011 by Tanskalainen
On the count of 3, join hands and squeeze.
21:46 October 19, 2011 by reason
"DNA evidence which eventually led them to the perpetrators"

How? Were they or a close relative already in a database that the police could access? Otherwise they must have been found on some other basis before the DNA could be used to tie them more firmly to the crime scene. How the criminals were caught is sort of central to the story so please elaborate.
21:47 October 19, 2011 by jvtx3232
Why don't these articles ever provide the names of the perpetrators? In America names are always provided if available.
00:42 October 20, 2011 by Tanskalainen
The get away can wait, let's defacate.
23:17 October 20, 2011 by Da Goat
question is will they deport them ? (think about the M.O)

love the comments above!
21:15 October 21, 2011 by Bender B Rodriquez
@ addendum and reason: The perpetrators most likely had convictions from previous crimes. In that case their DNA is on file.
09:47 October 22, 2011 by Observant
It is quite obvious that THOSE Police are NOT from Stockholms Län otherwise the case would NEVER have been solved.

Well done Skaraborg Police you appear to be earning your money.
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