July 27, 2007 / 6:16 PM / 10 years ago

Thief battered in fish shop

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A man who attempted to rob an Australian fish and chip shop found himself on the losing side when the angry shop owner threw fish batter and hot oil at him.

"The hot oil missed but the batter hit the offender and he fled empty handed," South Australian police said in a statement.

Police said the attempted armed robbery happened on Thursday evening at the quiet seaside retirement town of Victor Harbor, near the South Australian state capital of Adelaide.

Police were checking local hospitals in case the man was injured.

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