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Youth breaks legs fleeing police after iPod theft

Apple's iPhone 5S being presented to the public in Beijing Reuters

A 16-year-old thief broke both his legs when fleeing police after stealing an iPod on a Paris street late Tuesday.

The teenager snatched the iPod from a woman in the street in a working-class area of northern Paris without realising that a group of police officers were nearby.

When they gave chase he ran off and jumped over a wall in an attempt to escape them, according to police sources.

But the drop was bigger than he expected and the young man broke both his legs in the fall.

The police caught up with him and he was taken to hospital, where he was charged.

Apple's latest iPhone, the 5S, is to go on sale in France and 10 other countries on Friday.