Wheelchair-bound shoplifters flee on foot

Two apparently disabled would-be shoplifters got up and legged it after being confronted by supermarket staff, leaving a secret compartment in the wheelchair packed with pilfered coffee.

Wheelchair-bound shoplifters flee on foot

“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.

“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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Teen girls tied to crime with pre-robbery selfie

Two teenage girls suspected of robbing a restaurant have been tied to the crime after police seized images from their phones showing the pair posing before a mirror wearing balaclavas and holding a knife.

Teen girls tied to crime with pre-robbery selfie

The two girls, who are cousins, are suspected of robbing a hamburger store in Halmstad, southern Sweden, in late March. During the robbery, the thieves had a large kitchen knife that they used to threaten the staff at the restaurant.

“Give me the money otherwise I’ll stab you,” they said, according to the restaurant chef account of the robbery, wrote the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“Calm down, I’ll open the till,” he responded.

The pair managed to get away with 2,420 kronor ($370), but were traced by police sniffer dogs back to their grandparents’ apartment, outside which a bag was found with the knife and balaclavas. The girls were arrested on the scene.

During the arrest, officers confiscated a phone on which they found pictures of the duo before the robbery wearing the balaclavas and holding the knife.

While the younger of the two girls is too young to be charged, her 17-year-old accomplice will stand trial on August 2nd. The seized pictures will be used as evidence against the teen, as will DNA traces taken from her balaclava.

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