This thief learned the hard way that it never pays to be a criminal.
In what must be the quickest arrest in history, a clumsy thief was apprehended just 10 seconds after snatching a woman’s mobile phone in China, reported the SCMP.
The incident happened at an intersection in Shenzhen, in southern China, during a rainy day and it was caught on camera.
The video showed a woman holding a purple umbrella waiting at a traffic junction, when suddenly a man, who had just parked his bicycle nearby, ran toward the woman, snatched her mobile phone out of her hands and ran across the road.
The woman, who was not willing to lose ownership of her cell phone, chased the man. Unfortunately, she tripped on the wet road. This may have been the chance for the culprit to get away from his pursuer, but unwittingly, the stupid thief had run straight into a police station.
The woman quickly recovered from her fall and shouted for the police. Hearing the commotion, an officer immediately came out and when the woman told him the man had stolen her phone, he grabbed the man by the back of his shirt and led him inside.
As for the thief, once he realized his elaborate robbery plan had failed, he did not even put up token resistance and walked in docilely with the cop.
“When he ran into the station, his expression was panicked and confusion was written all over his face,” a police officer, surnamed Kong, told the news portal.
“Normally, suspects are quite sly. But this suspect appeared to be unfamiliar with the area, so he ran directly into our police station. This is a very rare occurrence,” he added.
Apparently, the man was new to the city and was reportedly looking for a job and a place to stay in Shenzhen, known as a tech hub. So far, he had been unsuccessful in doing either and probably thought he could get some cash by selling off some stolen goods.
Though the man proved to be an abysmal failure as a thief, he did provide some much-needed hilarity to netizens.
@PDChina Karma at it's finest— Sandraspell (@SsPelletier) April 9, 2017
@PDChina Karma!— Raghavendra Singh (@ragh_twt) April 9, 2017
@PDChina Practically put the handcuffs on himself— Tim M (@tim6731) April 9, 2017
???? stupid thief ran into a police station ???? https://t.co/HgY7NxCdR2— cazzumi caz (@cazzumi) April 9, 2017
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