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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Potato Thief Flogged

YAROSLAVL, Central Russia () -- An angry mob of gardeners stripped a woman accused of stealing potatoes, tied her to a tree near a railway track and flogged her, Itar-Tass reported Tuesday.

A shocked railway engineer saw the half-naked woman as he was driving his train through the Yaroslavl region and alerted police, the news agency said.

The 49-year-old woman, who was not identified by name, had been seized by land owners furious that she had pilfered their small plots.

Police said the woman was lucky. Last year, a potato thief in the same region was beaten to death by angry farmers, the agency said.