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Elderly Paris woman accused of stealing hundreds of toys

Toy shop in Paris (file picture) Image copyright AFP
Image caption The toys were stolen mainly from big Parisian stores

French police have arrested a 72-year-old woman on suspicion of stealing hundreds of items from toy shops to sell them on the internet.

The manager of a Paris toy shop alerted police after spotting an online ad for items taken from its shelves.

A search of the woman's home uncovered about 1,000 toys - most of them in their original packaging - stolen mainly from large Parisian stores.

Police also found €40,000 euros (£35,000; $45,000) in cash.

Prosecutors told French media that she had admitted to the thefts and had acted "out of idleness".

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