Spain's news in English

Editions:  Europe · Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Ham-fisted thief makes meal of robbery

Share this article

Ham-fisted thief makes meal of robbery
Ham has a special place on Spanish dining tables. Photo: Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño
11:17 CET+01:00
Police have arrested a thief in Bilbao who turned violent after his attempt to steal 16 packets of ham was thwarted by security guards.

The 35-year-old man was detained after he tried to slip out of a Bilbao supermarket with 16 packets of ham about his person.

When security staff challenged him, the culinarily-challenged thief then turned violent, 20 Minutos reported on Monday.

The Basque Department of Security said the incident took place at half past four on Saturday afternoon.

A cop on foot patrol saw the hungry criminal sprinting across Bilbao's Plaza Zabalburu with a security guard in hot pursuit.

The officer then rushed to intercept the ham-loving criminal at which point another nearby policeman joined the chase.

Once caught, the man was transferred to a local police station.

Spanish media did not report on what food the thief could expect to receive while being held.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article


The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors