A thief was left in a painful state after police discovered a firearm hidden in his rectum.

The unusual discovery came about after the man was arrested for committing a robbery in the Rincon de Agua Azul area of Guadalajara, Mexico, and displayed extreme difficulty walking.

At the time of arrest, police confiscated a prop pistol and a screwdriver which the man is alleged to have used to threaten his target.

Little did authorities know that the suspect also had a real gun, hidden between his buttocks.

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Taken to a medical centre to undergo compulsory tests by Guadalajara police officers, the man began to cower and yelp in pain.

Doctors retrieved the weapon before the man was taken in to custody to face charges. Photo / Australscope
Doctors retrieved the weapon before the man was taken in to custody to face charges. Photo / Australscope

Noting he was having difficulty moving and indicating where the pain was coming from, officers sensed something was hidden in his shorts and tried to restrain the man to inspect his clothing.

In great discomfort, the suspect began to scream and lash out at the officers. He was promptly taken for an X-ray which showed the firearm positioned inside his rectum.

Doctors removed the gun and the man was taken into police custody to face formal charges.

- Australscope, CEN