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Robbers jailed after pooping at crime scene

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Robbers jailed after pooping at crime scene
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Two men suspected of robbing a strawberry farmer earlier this year and arrested after forensics discovered their faeces near the getaway car, have been sentenced to prison, a Swedish court ruled on Monday.

Last February, 64-year-old Elof Dahlén was attacked and brutally robbed by two masked men who barged into his home near Vara in central Sweden.

”Because I don't ususally lock the door when I am in they were able to go straight in. They tied me up and taped my face so I couldn't see or hear what they were up to,” he told local paper GT.

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

After finecombing Dahlén's home, the robbers made off with 6,000 kronor ($932) in cash, a glass jar filled with loose change, a camera and a GPS navigator. They also took tools worth almost 50,000 kronor from Dahléns shed.

To hasten their escape they made use of Dahlén's car, driving it to the site where their accomplice was waiting with the getaway truck.

The thieves then torched the car and fled the scene, leaving the flaming vehicle parked near the faeces they had deposited prior to the dastardly robbery.

It took Dahlén five hours to manage to wriggle free and alert the police but when they eventually arrived, they were quickly able to locate his burning vehicle, left not too far away.

Shortly thereafter, crime scene investigators stumbled across the three piles of poo, dumped unceremoniously by the robbers-in-need.

The forensic officers later secured DNA evidence from the droppings, which eventually led them to the perpetrators, the local Nya Lidköpings-Tidningen reported at the time the men were charged.

The two robbers were sentenced on Monday to four years, and four years and four months respectively.

The district court felt that the robbery had been meticulously planned and that the two men had shown such ruthlessness that the offence must be deemed as aggravated robbery.

The perpetrators will also pay damages amounting to 30,000 kronor ($4,652) to the victim.

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