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Guards thrash boy over chocolate theft

Two security guards from a Toulouse supermarket face assault charges for allegedly beating up a 12-year-old boy caught stealing a chocolate bar.

The case dates back to last spring but only came to light many months later after the boy’s family filed a complaint with police, La Dépêche newspaper reports on its website.

The beating occurred after the security guards took the boy into an office for questioning after he attempted to leave the store with a Kinder Bueno bar, for which he had not paid.

The two men proceeded to beat the boy with their fists, throw him against a wall and strangle him on a table, according to the report.

The assault, lasting four minutes, was captured on video tape, which another employee provided to police, who interviewed witnesses after the family filed its complaint.

The injured boy was treated by a doctor who ordered him to take a day off.

The security guards, aged 43 and 45, were arrested and placed in detention.

During questioning, they explained their behaviour by their frustration over dealing with multiple shoplifting cases every day.

The two men will face the charges against them before the Toulouse magistrates’ court in February 2013.

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Cash delivery van driver disappears in France with €1 million

The driver of an armoured cash delivery van disappeared outside Paris early on Monday along with an estimated one million euros, police sources told AFP.

Cash delivery van driver disappears in France with €1 million
File photo: AFP
The 28-year-old man had stopped in front of a Western Union office at around 6:00 am (0500 GMT) in Aubervilliers, a suburb just north of the capital, and stayed behind the wheel as two of his colleagues went inside.
   
“When they came back out, the van and the driver were gone,” one of the sources said.
 
The van was found soon afterwards a few blocks away with its doors wide open, but the driver and the bags of cash, worth some $1.13 million, were nowhere to be found.
   
The two other employees had not been injured, the source said.
   
Loomis, the armoured van company, did not return calls seeking comment.
   
An inquiry has been opened by France's anti-gang squad.
 
The last major such heist was in November 2009 when Toni Musulin fled in the armoured van he was driving with at least 11.5 million euros in cash collected from a Bank of France building in Lyon.
   
He was caught after a little more than a week on the run.
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