"Just Call The Police" - The Reykjavik Grapevine

“Just Call The Police”

Published May 8, 2014

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An Akranes man has proven to be the year’s boldest thief so far.

MBL reports that the man in question walked into a shop in the placid, seaside town of Akranes, in west Iceland, and filled his basket with groceries. The groceries bagged, he then asked for a pack of cigarettes, which he was given. When it came time to pay, however, the man replied, “Just call the police,” and simply walked out of the store.

While the man was not immediately apprehended, that same night the alarms went off in the same shop. Employees inexplicably arrived at the scene before police did, but told arriving officers that they had witnessed the shop-and-dash suspect fleeing the scene.

While the thief had not stolen much of value, he did extensive damages to windows and doors. The suspect was arrested shortly thereafter.

Taken into police custody and questioned, the man admitted he had committed the shop-and-dash, but denied having later broken into the shop. At first the police decided to release the man, but as he was leaving the station, what was only called “new information” on the suspect reached officers. This led to the man being brought back into custody and, after further questioning, he admitted to the break-in.

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