YouTube video helps catch New Zealand thief

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August 10, 2007 10:35

 
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Video site YouTube proved its worth as a law enforcement tool when a New Zealand thief was convicted of stealing after being caught on video posted on the Internet site, news reports said Friday. The man was taped slowly circling a store, stealing a laptop computer and slipping it into his overcoat and stepping out of the store in the South Island town of Greymouth, local media said. The whole performance was posted on YouTube set to "The Pink Panther" music track, and attracted 500,000 hits from round the globe. The bad news for shoplifter Dawson Anthony Bliss, 50, was that one viewer recognized him and alerted police.

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