Burglars and Footwear

Thursday, August 8, 2013
By Martin Myall

There have been two interesting incidents involving burglars whose own footwear has been their undoing. Read on…

The first involves a petty criminal who managed to lose one of his trainers during the burglary, which occurred in Padul. But, the truth of the matter is that he and his accomplices were having a bad day of it.

The first thing that went wrong was that the burglar alarm went off as they broke into the junior school, so they ran off in search of another ‘target.’ However, one of their number hung around outside the school. So suspicious were his antics that the Guardia Civil couldn’t help but notice him, so they asked him for his ID card.

Some hours later they decided to haul him in for questioning and he ended up confessing to his frustrated deeds.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, things weren’t going much better for his colleague, mainly because when he fled from the school, he lost one of his shoes… and the Guardia found it and decided to hang onto it as a possible “exhibit A” should things lead to a court case. With the confession from the first individual in their possession and a knowledge of who his associates are, it wasn’t long before they tracked down the single-shoe villain.

Meanwhile over in Almería, the police nabbed a thief in the act and managed to attribute three other robberiesto him thanks to his footwear. The Policía Nacional caught him as he was scaling the wall around a house at a surprising hour of the morning, armed with a backpack, metal saw, a torch, two screwdrivers, an adjustable spanner, a pair of pliers, six skeleton keys and a pair of rubbers gloves, so he was obviously not simply taking a short cut to attend a morning church service.

He was arrested and charged. The forensic police wanted a look at his shoes because they had molds of the prints left after three different break-in back in July… and lo, they matched perfectly.

(News: Padul, Valle de Lecrin, Granada, Andalucia)

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