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Cst. Charanjit Meharu, a police officer in Calgary speaks half a dozen languages, a boon to policing in multi-ethnic districts. (MIKE DREW/QMI Agency)

Woman Accidentally Confesses Crime.

By QMI Agency

CALGARY — It had all the makings of a perfect crime.

The culprits hid their valuables, from jewelry to electronics, smashed windows and even made faux bad-guy footprints before calling police.

Unfortunately, for those who hoped to foil authorities, Const. Charanjit Meharu was among those to arrive at the alleged break-and-enter scene.

When the purported victim, who was hysterical and saying she had lost everything and had a list of what was missing for cops, took a call from her father in Quebec telling him what happened in French, the carefully crafted ploy unraveled.

“She was telling him she and her boyfriend made up the story to make an insurance claim,” Meharu says.

“By the end, I had about 10 pages of notes and I said, ‘Merci beaucoup.’

“She didn’t expect a brown guy to speak French.”

That woman was charged with mischief.

French is just one of seven languages the 37-year-old constable speaks — along with English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic and Gujarati.

( Full Story via CNEWS)