A gang who tried to burgle a convenience store was forced to abandon its raid when their stolen getaway donkey made too much noise and gave the game away.
The trio of Colombian criminals were
forced to ditch their ill-gotten gains, during the 2am theft, after the animal
started to bray and alerted police. The group had managed to steal rum, oil, rice, cans of tuna and sardines from
a small shop in the tiny north Caribbean town of Juan de Acosta.
They planned to load the goods onto 10-year-old Xavi, who they had stolen
some 12 hours before, and make their escape. But the animal let out a series
of 'hee-haws' and unfortunately for the trio alerted nearby police. They had to ditch the donkey, which was still carrying the stolen items, and
ran to safety away from the officers.
Shop owner Fabio Orozco said: "They came through the roof to rob. They took
rum, rice, everything." The donkey was detained in the town police station for 12 hours until owner
Orlando Olivares was notified and came to collect him. All the items that had been stolen were returned to the store.