Vélizy: teenage cat statuette thieves found thanks to the photo of a passerby

The young thieves were identified by the police because a few hours before, a passerby had taken their picture in the streets of Versailles (Yvelines). (© Courrier de la Mayenne)

14 and 16 years old. This is the age of the two apprentice burglars arrested Tuesday, November 22, 2022 by the police, in Vélizy. Their early career does not look particularly promising. On the contrary. To see their first misdeed, a life of the bar of a chair takes shape for them, like Nickel-plated feetrather than a romantic destiny worthy of Arsène Lupin.

Indeed, after having been put to flight by the owner of the pavilion visited, they were found without difficulty because they had been noticed, a few hours before, in a neighboring town. In addition, they were still in possession of their loot, which has no value, except perhaps sentimental for its owner. Failure all along the line.

Early in the afternoon that day, the two boys, living in 19e Parisian arrondissement, were hanging out on the side of the avenue de Paris, Versailles. A passer-by sees them scrutinizing the interior of a dwelling. A suspicious attitude. So he discreetly takes a picture of them and sends the picture to the police.

Thrown away by the landlord

This very contemporary reflex will be decisive in the rest of the story. Around 4 p.m., a resident of Velizy dials “17” after having put two burglars who entered his home to flight. Police officers, in possession of the photograph taken at Versailles a few hours earlier, combed the area. At Chaville/Vélizy station, they recognize the two teenagers. And, of course, control them.

They discover about themselves cat figurines. Trinkets at three sous, stolen from the pavilion of Vélizy.

In police custody, they confessed. The oldest came out with a summons to court. His accomplice was brought before the Paris public prosecutor’s office to be put on trial.

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