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Jewel thief caught red handed

A dozy jewel who robbed a jewellers of gold jewellery by smashing the window with an ice pick was caught red handed when he cut himself on the glass and then called cops to report the theft in Innsbruck, Austria.

A police spokesman said: "He wanted to put us off the trail by claiming he had seen two men running off in the other direction - but he had a badly cut hand from taking the jewellery out through the broken glass window - and he had the stolen jewellery in his pocket."

The owner of the store - Herbert Meseritsch - said: "It's good to see that they caught him - if only every thief was as dumb. We've had 12 robberies and 20 burglaries in the past and most were never solved."

The crook, aged 41, had also been seen by two genuine witnesses who had called to describe him - that gave police an easy job when confronting the thief.

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