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Embarrassing moment thief fails to steal £1,600 worth of phones because the door was locked behind him

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2 個月前
<p>A bungling thief was left red-faced after he tried to make off with £1,600 worth of mobile phones but couldn't escape the store - because the door locked behind him.</p><p>The young male had attempted to flee the Phone Market in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, with two phones - but staff had remotely locked the doors after he entered.</p><p>Staff said the man began swearing and returned the phones after realising he was trapped, claiming it was his friends’ idea.</p><p>They decided to let the man go as they were concerned he could become violent or cause damage to the store.</p><p>Shop owner Afzal Adam, 52, called the police, who said that it was not a priority as the man didn’t actually steal anything.</p><p>Afzal had installed a mechanism that allowed staff to lock the doors from behind the counter in 2020 for about £250 - which ended up being well worth the money.</p><p>He said: “With people wearing masks and balaclavas, I was worried about not being able to identify anyone if they did steal from my store.</p><p>“He would have gotten away with £1,600 worth of merchandise, so the mechanism has paid for itself!</p><p>“After I had the owner of another local story come in and ask what mechanism we had as they wanted the same.”</p><p>Afzul has owned Phone Market for 24 years and has never had an incident like this before.</p><p>He sent the video to a family Whatsapp group, where it was then shared to Facebook in the hopes of identifying the man and immediately began to go viral.</p><p>Afzal described that the response has been totally overwhelming, but it has also been largely positive.</p><p>He said: “99.99% of the comments have been saying well done and commending our forgiveness.</p><p>“Some people have been asking ‘Why didn’t you beat him up?’, but we would never do that.</p><p>“I hope I have showed people what humanity is - there’s more to the story than this and if we had acted out. It would just have been another story of violence.</p><p>“People who do things like this, they do it for a reason - they could be under-privileged, etc.</p><p>“If you are just kind and support people, you’d be surprised what comes of it.”</p>
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