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Overweight Romanian Dies After Shoplifting Shock

Overweight Romanian Dies After Shoplifting Shock

An overweight Romanian gourmet food fan who tried to make off with an expensive side of parma ham and smoked salmon collapsed and died of a heart attack when he was stopped by store detectives.

The tragic food theft turned out to be the man's last supper after he was collared at a supermarket in the city of Alcorcon, south-west of the Spanish capital Madrid.

Businessman Dragos Vasilescu, 46, realised he had run out of cash when he suddenly felt hungry after a night drinking with pals, and decided to try his hand at shoplifting.

He hid the food under his shirt but was caught by the supermarket staff and security guard, but when they refused to accept his apology and called police he collapsed clutching his chest.

Suspicious staff kept a hold on the overweight thief suspecting it might be a trick but also called an ambulance, and medics were able to confirm it was a heart attack.

He was taken to hospital by ambulance where doctors could only confirm his death.

A police spokesman said the man weighed close to 20 stone and was over 6 foot tall, and seemed to be in poor health because of his weight.

He said: "When medics arrived they tried to reanimate him on the spot for 35 minutes without luck, then took him to the hospital but it was clear that by this time there was no hope."

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