Ham-fisted thief makes meal of robbery

Ham-fisted thief makes meal of robbery
Ham has a special place on Spanish dining tables. Photo: Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño
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.

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