A thief who kissed the owner of a Paris jewellery shop he was
robbing was arrested with the help of the DNA he left on her
face, a French newspaper reported today.
Last April, two masked men tied the jeweller up in her
apartment, poured what they said was petrol over her head and
threatened to ignite it if she did not tell them the codes
for the alarm in her shop, Le Parisien said.
One of the thieves then headed to the store, stealing cash
and jewels while the other stood guard over the 56-year-old
jeweller, identified by the paper only as Anne. Before
releasing her, he kissed her on the cheek.
Police extracted DNA from the kiss and it later led them to a
man who was detained in the south of France on suspicion of
The man, 20, has said he was just a lookout and that he
kissed the jeweller to "allay her trauma". Police were still
looking for his accomplice, Le Parisien said.
Contacted by Reuters, the police declined to confirm the news