Criminals typically conceal their identities. In the past, they've dressed as political figures, worn ski masks or in some other way obscured their faces. The quartet of Smurf look-a-likes in Australia take dressing up to commit a crime to a whole new level, though.
The four men painted themselves blue from chest up -- including face, arms and hands -- and wore floppy caps akin to those worn by the '80s cartoon version, reports Time . Surveillance video also shows the blue men in action. Police reports say that a 37-year-old man was approached at a 7-Eleven by a man who was dressed like Papa Smurf. The smurf asked the man for a cigarette before beating him. Meanwhile, three other men dressed as smurfs attempted to hotwire a vehicle.
Continue reading for more information regarding the smurf bandits.
Where did the crimes take place?
The incidents occurred at a 7-Eleven in Melbourne, Australia.
Why was the victim beaten?
The 37-year-old victim was beaten after he refused to light the cigarette for the smurf, says the New York Daily News . The victim passed out in the car and realized he had been assaulted after waking up.
How old were the criminals?
The Herald Sun reports that each smurf was either 18 or 19 years old. Two 19-year-olds were from Broadmeadows, one 19-year-old was from Greenvale and the 18-year-old was from Jacana.
Did the smurf look-a-likes commit any other crimes?
At this point, there's no evidence that points to the four smurf bandits committing other crimes aside from the assault and hotwire. Footage even shows them paying for their purchases inside of the 7-Eleven.
Have the smurf bandits been caught?
After an appeal by police last week to come forward, the smurfs handed themselves in. They have since been released, but the Huffington Post reports the men will soon be charged with offenses relating to the assault.
Is there video of the bandit smurfs?
You can watch recorded footage here of the bandit smurfs in action just before they assault the victim outside the 7-Eleven.
Have there been other criminals dressed as smurfs?
Believe it or not, this isn't the first time a smurf look-a-like has committed a crime. Another Australian man dressed as a smurf was sentenced to 14 years in state prison back in 2010. He was charged with robbing three banks in two weeks' time. According to ABC 10 News , the 25-year-old man, Kevin Duran High, pleaded guilty on Aug. 30, 2010 to three counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery. There's no evidence connecting this man with the recent smurf attack.
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