A department store detective spotted two men acting suspiciously in front of a liquor stand in the Schaffhausen store, cantonal police said on Thursday.
The detective stopped the two men as they were leaving the store, police said.
He discovered one of the men had five bottles of spirits worth several hundred francs tucked into a women’s bathing costume, worn as underwear beneath his clothes.
A patrol of the Schaffhausen police arrived on the scene and arrested two Romanian men, aged 34 and 26, as well as a 35-year-old accomplice.
Police discovered that another one of the men was wearing a women’s bathing suit, which he also used to hide stolen goods.
The three shoplifters were sentenced for theft on Thursday by a prosecutor, police said.
They were ordered evicted from Switzerland by the federal migration office.