Frozen chicken brings Australian cafe thief undone

Tue Feb 3, 2009 9:47pm EST
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CANBERRA (Reuters) - A thief who used a frozen chicken as a tool to break into a cafe was caught after he cut his wrist and was forced to phone an ambulance, Australian police said on Wednesday.

The man stole the chicken during an earlier break-in at a butcher's shop/ at Macksville, north of Sydney, but came off second best when he tried to use the frozen bird and some rocks to break into a cafe, slashing open his wrist.

"He thought he was dying," a police spokesman who would not be named told Reuters from Macksville police headquarters.

The 20-year-old man dialed an emergency 000 number to call an ambulance and was arrested shortly after being treated by paramedics, he said.

The man was charged with breaking-and-entering and was due to face a local court in nearby Kempsey later on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Rob Taylor: Editing by Bill Tarrant)