Some people just aren’t meant to be thieves.
In a heist that seemed to combine equal parts creativity and ignorance, a pair of daring thieves executed a valiant balancing act during a recent theft at a Nanaimo Walmart.
Their brilliant plan involved stealing a 75-inch television and then casually placing it on the roof of their vehicle, like a rather bizarre roof rack.
As they drove off, they relied on some gravity-defying hand maneuvers to keep their loot in place. Well, you have to admire their “out of the box” thinking, but let’s just say their criminal careers were anything but high definition.
The whole escapade was captured on video, providing onlookers with a mix of disbelief and amusement. According to Nanaimo RCMP, the incident unfolded at approximately 6:45 p.m. on June 8th, at the Walmart store located in the Woodgrove Centre.
Witnesses reported seeing a man and woman struggling to carry the large TV box out of the store, presumably treating it more like a life-size puzzle than a valuable electronic device.
In a riveting scene that could have been taken straight out of a slapstick comedy, the dynamic duo decided the roof of their vehicle was the perfect spot for their newfound treasure.
With all the finesse of a gymnast on a balance beam, they gently deposited the hefty box on top of their car. And just when you thought they couldn’t top their audacious act, the driver reached up with his left hand, while the passenger extended her right hand, to hold the TV box in place.
Talk about teamwork!
However, their attention to detail didn’t match that of the responding officer, who made sure to take note of their license plate and what they were wearing.
About three hours later, the two TV-tossing thieves were spotted at a gas station in central Nanaimo, sporting the exact same clothing and driving the same getaway vehicle.
Police promptly arrested the 48-year-old man and 43-year-old woman, both residents of Nanaimo, for their daring attempt at theft under $5,000.
Unfortunately, the stolen TV was nowhere to be found, however, police discovered parts from the television in the trunk of the vehicle.
The suspects were released on an undertaking, with their court appearance scheduled for September 6th, at the Nanaimo Provincial Court.