Burglar in the buff snared by French police

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Burglar in the buff snared by French police
A burglar in the buff was snared red handed and bare-bottomed by French police this week. Photo: Shutterstock

French police were called out to a bizarre incident this week when they received calls from scared residents in villages in central France alerting them to the presence of a burglar who was targeting homes in the buff.


A Frenchman was caught red handed and bare-bottomed by police this week after burgling several homes on the outskirts of the French city of Saint Etienne.

The burglar was spotted by a woman entering her house in the commune of Unieux, regional paper Le Progrès reported.

The frightened woman hid in her car and called the police. A few moments later, she watched the man emerge, after having helped himself to €1,000 in cash and her jewellery box.

It was then she realised this burglar, was not your average thief, given the fact he was stark naked.

The man then got back into his car, and headed towards the neighbouring village of Saint-Paul-en-Cornillon.

Still naked the burglar broke into a second house after smashing down the door.

He then decided it was time to freshen up a bit and calmly took a shower in the home of his victim.  

After all that, he decided it was time to put some clothes on and dressed himself in shorts and a t-shirt that he found lying around.

He then stole a laptop from the house and returned to his home in Firminy where he was greeted by police officers, hand cuffs at the ready.

According to reports the burglar admitted the crimes, telling police he felt like he was “in an action movie”. However, he wasn’t able to tell police why he committed the burglaries, and why, more importantly, he did so completely naked.

Given the lack of explanation for his acts, officers decided to admit him to a psychiatric hospital for tests.

It’s not the only strange case involving burglars in France recently.

This week The Local reported how one thief cracked open a bottle of champagne and turned on the TV at the home had burgled, only to have his little soirée interrupted when the owners returned home.

And there was also the case of a French burglar who was overcome by fatigue during a break-in. When he woke, he was in hand cuffs.

Finally another burglar was caught have being caught short. She went to the toilet in the garden of her victim but unfortunately left traces of DNA on the toiler paper.

by Simone Flückiger


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