Heard screaming whilst trapped inside a petrol station, a man bit off a little more than he could chew with a poorly planned heist in the early hours.
Your average run-of-the mill thief may not be the brightest crayon in the box, but this unnamed man in his 40s from Basildon has taken the biscuit after deciding to call the police on himself.
After setting off a security device, the man became trapped inside an ASDA petrol station, whilst trying to rob it.
The man, perhaps terrified at the thought of being trapped for a few hours in small space or just really having somewhere else to be, panicked and dialled 999 from his mobile. Official reports document the man shouting “Basildon, near petrol garage, help” before hanging up.
The log indicates the police operator tried to call the number back, but the line was engaged. Presumably the criminal had realised a better long-term plan would perhaps be to phone a friend rather than the old bill – but it was all a little too late by then.
Essex police also received other calls, as members of the public heard a person screaming for help inside the petrol station at approximately 4.35am.
Police arrived quickly on the scene along with highly trained ASDA security staff, a fire crew and paramedics. The man was taken to hospital with leg injuries from where, we can only guess, he tried to kick his way out of his newly-found petrol station prison.
Police later detained the man on suspicion of burglary, albeit an incredibly poor attempt.