Romanian police caught a female mobile phone thief by dialling the stolen phone – and hearing her knickers start ringing.

Police in Pitesti, Southern Romania, stopped Ruxandra Gardian, 34, and her female friend after an eyewitness reported they had stolen the phone when a customer in a busy shop put it down for an instant.

After a search of both women failed to find the phone, police wanted to let them go, but the eyewitness insisted the pair had taken it, and suggested they call the number.

The officers then heard a muffled ringing coming from under the woman’s dress.

They took the pair to the local police station where a strip search by female police officers revealed that Gardian had hidden the NEC mobile phone in her vagina, local daily Ziarul reported.

Police officer Aurel Popescu said: “I’ve seen a lot in my time as a policeman but never anything like this.”

He added that the owner of the phone had refused to take it back, claiming it was damaged goods, and had filed a claim with his insurance company for a new device.

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