Thursday, October 04, 2007

Nerves Of Steal

Bobby Shocks

Police in England launched a crackdown against shoplifters by turning to a new breed of officer -a life-sized cardboard cutout. Thefts dropped from an average of 36 a month to just one after the replica of PC Bob Molloy was put up in shops in Belper, Derbyshire. But just days after police chiefs trumpeted its effectiveness, the figure of the bobby was stolen. The male culprit was captured on CCTV as he strolled out of Long Eaton's Co-op supermarket with the cutout tucked under his arm.

FOOTNOTE: He wasn't cut out to be a cop.


Corey~living and loving said...

LOL I have to say that your footnotes....make my day! You have the best one liners! :)

Asha said...

HeHe!! Cut outs work until the shoplifters know it's a cut out!! DUH!!:D

dot said...

That is so funny!

Top cat said...

LMAO, that's funny.
File under stupid crimal

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Helena said...

I'm not surprised it works! "Boots" the chemist has desplays in its shop lately, full size cut-outs of shop assistants in white coats. When you see them out of the corner of your eye you think they're real. I even stepped to one side once, to let one through. I wasn't fully looking.


Anyway, they'd be enough to make you feel watched, and then decide not to steal!

Victorya said...

It's just an updated scarecrow! See, the farmers are on the forefront of anti-theft technology.

whodatdare said...

Do you think the culprit was able to "cop" a plea?

Lin said...

Copping a copper ... how low.