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Wheelchair-bound shoplifters flee on foot

The Local/og · 30 Jan 2012, 11:52

Published: 30 Jan 2012 11:52 GMT+01:00

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“We are labelling this as robbery,” said Ulf Lörstad, spokesman of Vara county to the Göteborgsposten (GP) newspaper.

“A very sophisticated attempt”.

The thieves were shopping in a Willy’s low price supermarket in Vara, north-east of Gothenburg, on Sunday evening, when staff noticed they were using their chairs to conceal groceries.

The staff confronted the men, who subsequently got to their feet and ran, leaving one of the wheelchairs behind.

A closer inspection of the chair revealed a secret compartment, which contained a carton of coffee packages. It is unclear whether the thieves escaped with more.

The robbers, both believed to be in their 30s, fled before the police arrived, yet authorities remain confident that enough evidence has been left behind to help bring the men in.

“We’ll be making a forensic investigation of the wheelchair. Hopefully there will be traces, and if the men are in our register, then it will be hard for them to deny this crime,” Lörstad told the paper.

Meanwhile, evidence collection at the scene of the crime wasn’t an open and shut case either.

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“The wheelchair didn’t fit into our response car, so the youngest member of our force was given the task of wheeling it back to the station,” Lörstad told GP.

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15:14 January 30, 2012 by k2kats
A little friendly feedback about that title and picture.

Obviously these robbers were not "wheelchair-bound." Even more importantly, this is a discriminatory descriptor. People are people first, so the respectful term is people who use wheelchairs.

An alternative title for this article might have been Shoplifters Roll In, But Run Out.

Also, since manual wheelchairs do not have space for secret compartments, it appears that a picture of a power chair might have been more descriptive.
20:32 January 30, 2012 by grov_kvinnofridskrankning
bla bla bla self rightous sweds spitin off at the tongue.
03:14 January 31, 2012 by volvoman9
Damned phony crippled coffee thieves! Is there no limit? Probably immigrants.... wait do they drink coffee? Damned phony immigrant coffee thieves!
10:29 January 31, 2012 by OMaHTLD
Kinda sad that someone feels the need to shoplift coffee.
06:44 February 3, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
The value of the wheelchair left behind was probably more than the value of the stuff they were trying to steal. Dummies!
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