Police have detected an increase in so-called “hunger thefts” as the current economic crisis hits consumers’ pockets. Several thieves were caught last week: one was sailing off on his motorbike until police stopped him to find out why his legs were so swollen. He had a leg of Serrano ham hammed down each trouser leg. Another thief had managed to stuff 12 bottles of olive oil down his trousers, while one man waltzed away with a tray full of York ham and cheese. The saddest tale was of two young men who were caught stealing a few sweets from a kiosk. Police said they expected such hunger thefts to continue to rise.


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