An alleged thief was reportedly caught in Brazil last Friday after leaving his false teeth at the scene of the crime.

Victim Silvina Julieta Ferreira told reporters that the man had grabbed her handbag in the town of Severina before making his escape, AFP reports.

A farmer reportedly found the dentures and gave them to police, who later tracked down 34-year-old Milton Cesar de Jesus.

Town commissioner Aparecido Martins said: "He was told to put on the dentures and they fit perfectly. You couldn't say they weren't his."

Cesar de Jesus, who is missing most of his front teeth, was left without his dentures again after they were held by police as evidence.

Looks like the police really got their teeth into this case