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article imageLamb thief in Mallorca makes getaway in a wheelchair

By Anne Sewell     Dec 20, 2013 in Crime
Palma - A man with a noticeable limp was seen pushing a woman in a wheelchair, with two whole skinned lambs on her lap. Police became suspicious and decided to follow up on the matter.
Apparently the incident happened at around noon Saturday in Porta de Sant Antoni. Right from the outset, police were suspicious of the couple and decided to ask them why they had the two lamb carcasses.
According to Diario de Mallorca (in Spanish), the Palma de Mallorca police said that "the scene was far from a Christmas card" as they spotted the strange couple making their way along the street.
As police approached the couple, they tried to escape with no success. The only answer they would give about the meat was that "It is a gift" and they gave no convincing answer for the manner in which the two lamb carcasses were being transported.
Although still suspicious of the man, 46, and the woman, 41, they let them go. However, they first established that the couple lived in Caracas Street in the industrial area of ​​Levante in Palma de Mallorca.
A couple of days later, the police officers visited the Olivar Market and found out about the theft of the meat and that their suspicions were fully substantiated.
When the officers interviewed a security guard, he explained that they had a video recording of the theft, in which the suspicious man appeared. He apparently boasted a special skill where he could steal pieces of meat stored in the refrigerator by using a hook below the door to reach the emergency release switch. Once he got the door open, he could steal as much meat as he wanted.
The owner of the market said that he had regularly suffered thefts of a similar nature, worth around 650 euros.
Armed with the information, the officers then arrested the man on Caracas Street on the alleged charge of burglary.
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