A bag snatcher in Western Australia, fleeing from the scene of his crime ran into a shop window, injuring himself, before escaping the clutches of a bystander who apprehended him.
The thief had stolen a 50-year-old woman’s handbag at a newsagency in the Perth suburb of Ballajura at about 10am on Easter Sunday and was running from the centre when he mistook a pane of glass for a door. He ran through the plate of glass, was cut and fell to the ground.
The dramatic event was captured on The Market Place Shopping Centre's CCTV and shows bystanders going to his aid, unaware of the stealing incident. Another man then appears from the car park, threatens the bystanders to leave the man alone and tries to drag the injured man away.
A heavily-built shopper then appears and puts the offender in a headlock, before he broke free. Both men took off in a stolen green Lexus which had been taken from a home in Mirrabooka. The offenders are described as dark-skinned, about 15 to 25 years of age, between 170cm to 180cm tall, slim build with dark coloured wavy hair.