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Stolen phone leads to arrest

Police caught a burglar after he answered a phone he had just stolen and did not hang up, letting them eavesdrop on his getaway ride.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2006 19:16 IST
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Swedish police caught a burglar after he answered a phone he had just stolen and did not hang up, letting them eavesdrop on his getaway ride in a taxi.

The man broke into a house in Overtornea in the far north of Sweden, stealing a mobile phone and other possessions.

The police rang the stolen phone and heard him swearing about the late arrival of a taxi which he had ordered to take him to neighboring Kalix, 37 miles away.

"The thief answered the phone but then just put it away without turning it off," said Overtornea policeman Kurt Paavola.

The police tracked down the taxi and arrested the man on Monday.

First Published: Jan 04, 2006 19:15 IST