4 Feb 2009

Frozen chicken thwarts Australian cafe thief

4:39 pm on 4 February 2009

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 spokesperson said.

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

The man was charged with breaking and entering and was due to appear in court on Wednesday.