Thieves don women’s swimsuits to pinch booze

Thieves wearing one-piece women’s bathing suits to hide stolen bottles of liquor were defrocked by Schaffhausen cantonal police this week.

Thieves don women’s swimsuits to pinch booze
Photo: Schaffhausen cantonal police

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. 

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UPDATED: Swiss police arrest suspected chainsaw attacker

Swiss police on Tuesday tracked down and arrested a man believed to have carried out a chainsaw attack in a Schaffhausen office building which left several injured.

UPDATED: Swiss police arrest suspected chainsaw attacker
Police in Schaffhausen after the attack. Photo: Michael Buholzer/AFP
Schaffhausen police said in a statement that a suspect was arrested by Zurich police late on Tuesday in Thalwil, a town south of Zurich.
In a press conference and additional statement on Wednesday morning police said the suspect was located thanks to help from the public, who had reported his presence in Thalwil. 
He was alone and on foot at the time he was apprehended, and did not resist arrest.
The chainsaw used in the attack was not in his possession, but he was carrying two loaded crossbows and two sharpened pieces of wood in a plastic bag.
The alleged perpetrator was identified on Monday as police appealed to the public to help track him down.
The suspect has a criminal history and had reportedly been living in a forest.
He is alleged to have targeted the CSS insurance company in the northern town of Schaffhausen, storming into their office and injuring two people, one of them seriously.
Three other people suffered various injuries amid the subsequent fracas.
The suspect was caught on camera just before the attack carrying a black bag and rucksack in a photo that police issued to the public during a massive manhunt. 
An international warrant was issued for his arrest and Schaffhausen police were helped by police forces from neighbouring cantons in their search.
Over 300 police officers were involved in the search.