South African robbers caught red-handed by visiting Brazilian cops

June 24th, 2009 - 10:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Johannesburg, June 24 (DPA) Two Brazilian policemen who are here to observe the preparations for the 2010 football World Cup caught two robbers stealing from their hotel room, radio reports said Wednesday.
The thieves broke into the policemen’s hotel room in Pretoria Tuesday by climbing through the third-floor window but were nabbed as one was passing a sneaker out the window to his accomplice, Johannesburg-based 702 private radio reported.

The two men were arrested and brought to court Wednesday, where they pleaded guilty to stealing goods valued at around 3,000 rand (around 366 dollars), 702 reported.

The incident is the latest in a string of thefts targeting hotels hosting visitors at the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup.

The Egyptian and the Brazilian teams also reported thefts of players’ possessions at their hotels last week.

The Egyptian case became shrouded in controversy following reports the players had been relieved of around 2,400 dollars in cash by prostitutes.

The eight-nation Confederations Cup is a warm-up for the World Cup next year.

Brazil is the next country to host the World Cup, in 2014.

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