Red undies finger alleged thief

Last updated 10:33 11/02/2014

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Distinctive red undies exposed a Hamilton man who allegedly smashed into store to steal synthetic cannabis this morning, police say.

The man initially fooled police after stashing the outfit allegedly worn during the smash-and-grab, but sharp-eyed officers reviewing CCTV footage saw a pair of crimson underpants that proved to be the alleged offender's undoing, police said today.

Operators of the Hamilton City Council's CCTV cameras called the police when the saw the early morning raid on the shop.

The man was wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a bandanna over his face and police searching the area later spoke to a man outside a nearby Starbucks, Senior Sergeant Andrew O'Reilly said.

"The man wasn't wearing clothing that matched that on the CCTV footage and after speaking to him officers were going to take him home when they got a call from colleagues reviewing the security camera footage," he said.

Sharp-eyed officers had viewed the footage again and noticed that as the offender crawled into the store there was a flash of distinctive red underwear.

These matched the suspect's undies which was sufficient evidence to re-interview him, O'Reilly said.

The man then allegedly admitted smashing the store's front window and stealing a quantity of synthetic cannabis.

Police said the man had hidden the hooded sweatshirt, bandanna and synthetic cannabis.

The man was charged and will appear in the Hamilton District Court today.

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