that's life (Australia) - - Crime Special -

When plot­ting a bur­glary, wouldbe rob­bers no doubt con­sider the risk of wit­nesses, alarm sys­tems and se­cu­rity cam­eras.

What one sus­pected thief didn’t con­sider was the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing knocked out cold by his ac­com­plice.

Dur­ing the early hours of Valen­tine’s Day, two men were cap­tured on CCTV in Shang­hai ap­par­ently try­ing to break into a ware­house.

The first man can be seen launch­ing a brick at a win­dow in an at­tempt to shat­ter it, but the brick bounces off the glass and falls to the ground.

Just as the sec­ond man hurls his brick and sends it fly­ing, his friend walks in front of him.

In the blink of an eye, it hits him in the head and he’s down for the count.

His con­cerned mate rushes over to check on him and can be seen drag­ging his con­cussed com­pan­ion across the car park.

Af­ter po­lice re­leased the footage it went vi­ral, with view­ers quick to la­bel the pair ‘the dumb­est crim­i­nals in the world’.

‘If all bur­glars were like this, we wouldn’t need to work over­time,’ a spokesman for the Shang­hai Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau quipped. ●

When bricks go bad

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