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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Tonic water tea leaf

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Derby Telegraph reports on an opportunist thief who stole a bottle of tonic water.

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a thief targeted a 93-year-old woman while she unloaded her shopping into her Derby home.

A Derbyshire police spokesman said a man entered the woman's kitchen and stole a bottle of tonic water while she unpacked her shopping.
Probably a scary experience for the old lady, but a bottle of tonic water? It sounds to me as if the thief changed his mind at the last minute, but who can tell? It's a strange world.

According to Wikipedia.
Under ultraviolet light, the quinine in tonic water fluoresces, even though it is present in a negligible concentration.

I'm sure Sherlock Holmes would have found a way of using that snippet of information to apprehend the thief. Not sure how, but I'm not the great detective.

4 comments:

Demetrius said...

The big question is what brand of gin is she on. At 93 and doing her own shopping it must be doing her good.

A K Haart said...

Demetrius - makes you think doesn't it? I bet she has lots of butter on her toast too.

Michael said...

It's alimentary, my dear Haart...

A K Haart said...

Michael - it was a middle-aged man, recently returned from Burma, with a malacca cane, a pronounced limp and a bottle of Gordon's gin in his left hand coat pocket. That much is obvious my dear Watson.