A not terribly bright burglar in Guangdong province had his heist foiled when a store owner returned from her lunch and didn’t totally buy his brilliant excuse for being inside her shop.
Fortunately for the shopkeeper and the rest of us, the crook’s antics were all recorded on the store’s surveillance camera.
After the female owner stepped out to lunch, the suspect surnamed Zhou went to work and spent about 20 long minutes trying to force open the shop’s door. After finally succeeding, he had only just begun to sneak around when the owner returned.
Remaining calm, he told her that a thief had just run away and he himself had called the police. He then promptly but calmly hopped on his motorcycle and fled the scene as fast as he could.
Somehow, the owner saw through his man’s ruse and called the police herself.
Police investigated and apprehended Zhou, who somehow had managed to commit 15 thefts and steal 40,000RMB before this latest caper went awry.
Watch as Guangdong’s criminal mastermind makes his fatal mistake:
By Lucy Liu
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