Thief caught red-handed in Lyon cathedral

Thief caught red-handed in Lyon cathedral
Thief caught red-handed in Lyon cathedral

A theft in flagrante delicto in a holy place. A 44-year-old man was arrested by police officers inside the Saint-Jean-Baptiste cathedral, in the 5th arrondissement of Lyon (Rhône), on Saturday, June 29, 2024. The officers were able to observe him stealing a tourist’s smartphone, reports Progress .

Around noon, national police officers were on patrol when they spotted a man acting strangely in the street. He was apparently trying to steal valuables from tourists’ bags, but to no avail. The officers then followed him so they could arrest him in the act.

The suspect then entered the cathedral. Because they were armed, the police asked the cathedral’s sacristan for permission to enter the holy place, the police said. Lyon News Inside, they then saw the man repeatedly try to help himself to the bag of an English tourist before finally managing to steal his phone.

The suspect was immediately arrested. Aged 44, he was already known to the courts and is in an irregular situation on French territory. Placed in police custody, he denied the facts despite being caught red-handed, and the tourist filed a complaint against him. The forty-year-old was due to be tried on Monday, July 1, 2024 in immediate appearance, specifies Lyon News.

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