Australian police to charge four Smurfs with assault

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Four teenagers have handed themselves over to police in connection with the December 16, 2012 assault of a man at a local 7-Eleven, The Melbourne Herald Sun reports.

If you think violence at a 7-Eleven is a routine occurrence, consider this: All four teenagers were dressed and painted as Smurfs.

For reasons still unknown, the teens, who are between the ages of 18 and 19, donned the guises of the famous Belgian cartoon characters before taking to the streets to steal a car in a local 7-Eleven parking lot.

One of the Smurfs interrupted the carjacking by approaching a man exiting the 7-Eleven and asking for a cigarette. The man gave him one, but when asked to light the cigarette, he refused.

The nicotine-seeking Smurf, along with his three associates, proceeded to assault the man after his refusal. The man passed out, only realizing when he regained consciousness that he had been assaulted.

Time reports that the man had noticed that three of the attempted Smurf bandits were in the process of hotwiring a car in the parking lot. It is not yet clear whether the beating occurred as a result of the refusal to light the cigarette, or because the man witnessed the theft in action.

On Jan 9, police requested that the four culprits turn themselves in. By the end of the day, all four Smurfs had done so.

Police will charge the men with assault-related crimes.

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