Pointy High-Heels Give Vandal Away
Thu Jul 31,10:32 AM ET
OSLO (Reuters) - A Norwegian vandal who ransacked offices in a
city hall and stole a pair of shoes to disguise his footprints
as he escaped was nabbed after police saw him running awkwardly
from the scene on pointy black high-heels.
A pair of worn-out tennis shoes found at the scene of the crime
convinced police that the 19-year-old man, who could not explain
his choice of footwear, was to blame.
Police said he later admitted breaking into the Soerum city hall
in southeast Norway where walls were daubed with graffiti
including a swastika in the overnight break-in last week.
"We thought it was strange that he was wearing women's shoes,
especially since he could not explain why," sheriff Harald
Kopperud told Reuters Thursday.
"When someone found a pair of old tennis shoes at the city hall
we put two and two together and got four," Kopperud said.
Police said the man had probably donned a pair of shoes left in
the office by a city hall employee, hoping to avoid leaving
tracks from his own shoes, but forgot to take his own shoes with
him when the alarm sounded and he fled.