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French robber betrays himself with a kiss

Joshua Melvin · 4 Feb 2014, 16:13

Published: 04 Feb 2014 16:13 GMT+01:00

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A kiss is just a kiss, unless of course it comes at the end of a terrifying home invasion robbery. 

And that's exactly what happened to one French jeweller who was targeted by robbers at her Paris home, French daily Le Parisien reported on Tuesday.

Her ordeal started when two suspects followed her home in April 2013, tied her up, gagged her and then sprayed her with a liquid the assailants said was petrol.

The attackers threatened to set her alight unless she turned over the codes for the alarm system and safe at her jewellery store. Fearing for her life, the woman, 56, gave them what they wanted.

One of the suspects then stayed at home with her while the other went to the store to steal the jewels, police said. After cleaning out the store, the other robber returned to the house to collect his accomplice.

It was then that the robber who had stayed with the woman likely kissed his freedom goodbye. Police say he gave her a peck on the cheek before leaving behind enough of a DNA trace to be recovered by crime scene investigators.

"The thief gave the victim a kiss on the cheek, in what appeared to be a sign of compassion after the ordeal he had put her through," a unnamed police source  told Le Parisien. "As soon as she was free the victim called the police."

Detectives then ran the sample through the national DNA database and recently came up with a match. It turned out the suspect's DNA was in the system due to a previous unspecified crime and he had recently been released from prison.

Once arrested the crook reportedly admitted to the robbery but said he had given the victim a kiss to “ease her trauma".

That explanation is unlikely to go down well with either the victim or judges.

This as you may have guessed was not the first time a suspected criminal gave the police a little help in finding their man. Another good example is the suspected burglar who left behind something from his behind. Read it here.

Joshua Melvin (joshua.melvin@thelocal.com)

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