Fleeing shoplifter forgets son

AMSTERDAM Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:43pm EDT

A woman walks in a food department in a supermarket in Nice southern France, February 25, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A woman walks in a food department in a supermarket in Nice southern France, February 25, 2008.

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A shoplifter looking to make a quick getaway from a Dutch supermarket after stealing a packet of meat left police a crucial piece of evidence -- his 12-year-old son.

In his haste the 45-year-old thief made a solo dash to his car, batting away a supermarket worker who had flung himself on the vehicles' bonnet in a bid to stop the escape.

Police in the southern Dutch town of Kerkrade said they managed to contact the thief via the boy, but he had refused to return and collect his son. The man told officers to get hold of the youngster's mother instead.

The thief later turned himself in Thursday, a police spokeswoman said.

(Reporting by Alexandra Hudson; Editing by Matthew Jones)

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