A FRENCH jewellery thief's fate was sealed with a kiss after he was caught thanks to DNA swabbed from the woman he had bound and gagged for hours, before planting an apologetic peck on her cheek.
In an otherwise perfect heist, the unnamed 20-year-old, along with an accomplice, trailed the 56-year old employee of a jewellery store in Paris's 20th arrondissement to her home, where they detained her.
The thieves bound the woman to a chair and gagged their terrified victim before pouring what they swore was petrol over her head, which they threatened to light unless she cooperated.
"She finally gave them the codes to the jewellery store's alarm system and safes," a police source told 'Le Parisien' newspaper. "One of the two assailants then went and stole the money and jewels."
Four hours later, her kidnapper finally untied the shocked woman before making a costly mistake.
"This hoodlum planted a kiss on her cheek, apparently in a sign of compassion after the terrible ordeal she'd just been through," said the police source. Once freed, she immediately alerted the police, explaining in detail what had happened, including the thief's parting kiss.
A forensic team arrived and swabbed her cheek in the area where he had placed his lips. "There was a small hope that they would be able to isolate the genetic prints of her assailant," the police source said. "His DNA was indeed singled out and then registered in the national genetic print database."
A few months later, detectives learned that the DNA matched that of a man 'Le Parisien' describe only as Pierre G. They traced him to a prison cell in Nimes, southern France, where he had been arrested on suspicion of other thefts. During questioning, Pierre G denied involvement, saying he was a simple "scout" for the real perpetrators, before admitting his role in the heist in April last year. He told police that he had decided to kiss his victim to "ease her trauma". He was remanded in custody. (©Daily Telegraph London)