Not being up on my everyday Colombian crime news, I have no idea how common getaway donkeys are. but even had I not read this, the idea would have struck me as kind of dumb. This is especially true when the donkey you’ve loaded up with stolen goods is himself stolen property and not in any mood to quietly listen to you.
Noticias Caracol reports that 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’, which pierce the night-time air, 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.
The donkey was eventually reunited with his owner, while the loot he was carrying was reunited with the store owner. Police, meanwhile, are no doubt hoping to unite the thieves with custody shortly.