Police bust Paris "booby" trap gang

PARIS Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:54pm EDT

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PARIS (Reuters) - French police have arrested two teenage girls they say stole hundreds of euros from unsuspecting cash machine customers after distracting them by flashing their breasts.

The 14-year old girls were taken to the Paris prosecutor's office to face charges while a 12 year-old accomplice was placed in a home, police said.

The girls first struck last week when they approached a man withdrawing cash from an automated teller machine (ATM) in the sixth district of Paris.

One of the girls tried to distract him by sticking a newspaper under his nose. When that failed, she opened her shirt and grabbed his crotch, while the other girl swiped 300 euros ($385).

The girls struck again with the help of the 12-year old a few days later, using the same method to steal 500 euros from a woman.

(Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Steve Addison)

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