Can I have my wallet back - I think I might have dropped it while I was robbing your shop...

Police in King's Lynn arrested a shoplifter, after he returned to the scene of the crime to ask for

Police in King's Lynn arrested a shoplifter, after he returned to the scene of the crime to ask for his wallet back. - Credit: Archant © 2005

A thief was arrested after he returned to the shop he stole from to ask for his wallet back.

Police said the 27-year-old made off with meat worth £26 from a Lidl in King's Lynn.

Shortly afterwards, store staff found a wallet in the car park of the Austin Street branch.

Then a man offered to return the stolen meat if he could have it back. Staff put two and two together and detained the man, until police arrived.

In an e-mail to town centre businesses Supt Carl Edwards, the area's policing commander, said the man qualified for his 'most short-sighted criminal of the week award'.


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He added: 'You'll be pleased to know he got his wallet back, and was issued with a caution but only after a stay in our cells.'

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