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Algerian asylum seeker Muhib Awad was collared by cops in Switzerland after he broke into a boutique just down the road from his asylum seekers refuge to steal dozens of pairs of jeans – and dropped his asylum papers complete with name and address on the floor.
The 25-year-old asylum seeker had been offered a place to sleep, food and spending money after he turned up in Switzerland. But three weeks after moving into the hostel - he broke into the shop selling designer jeans a few hundred metres away in Oftringen.
A police spokesman said: "He was wearing a baseball cap to cover his face from the camera. But what the camera did show was a piece of paper falling out of his pocket which turned out to be paperwork dealing with his asylum application." Police even had an address and went to the refuge where they recovered the jeans, and arrested the man.
Boutique boss Safeta Kosarac (36) said: "We have had a few break-ins here over the years but never had anybody make it as easy to solve is this. He dropped the paper as he was emptying sacks so he could load the jeans inside."
The Algerian is currently in custody – and is likely to serve a prison term after which he will be deported.
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