A shoplifter who was being chased by Asda security officers in Merthyr was stopped in his tracks by what he thought was a policeman standing in the doors of a Home Bargains store.
The hapless drug-addled thief gave himself up to the smiling picture of the constable, much to the amusement of the security guards and the rest of the shoplifters entering the store.
A spokesman for the Police said :
“We welcome this, and will continue to broaden this type of policing. We are pushing to have life-size photos of officers at football matches, banks, alleyways,
dark footpaths, and Hatton garden safe deposit Vaults.”
The thief, who was later released with a kick up the arse, told WalesOnCraic:
“I’d been running for what seemed like an eternity. I’d departed Asda and headed west because I just wanted to find somewhere to eat my Monster Munch. I thought I’d seek refuge in what appeared to be a Home Bargains store. As I entered the premises, I came across what I thought was a member of the constabulary. I immediately surrendered and announced my guilt, of which I am totally repentant.”
The thief managed to eat his Monster Munch on his way back to buy more drugs.