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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) -- A Brazilian crook shot himself in the foot while trying to burglarize a bar, then left a trail of blood that led police straight to his home, police said Thursday.

Police in the town of Petropolis in the mountains near Rio de Janeiro said they had arrested Carlos Henrique Auad, 29, Wednesday at his home just about a hundred yards from the bar.

Police said Auad had broken into the bar several days earlier and had stolen a television set. He broke into the bar through the roof again on Tuesday night, but fell down and accidentally shot himself in the right foot, police said.

He left without stealing anything and went straight home failing to notice the blood track in the darkness.

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