Creepy-crawly thief captured on CCTV

PUBLISHED: 08:11 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:46 20 April 2010

A CHEEKY Spider-man impersonator stole from a computer store in Axminster and then tried to sell the goods to its sister shop in Seaton.

A CHEEKY Spider-man impersonator stole from a computer store in Axminster - and then tried to sell the goods to its sister shop in Seaton. Within 20 minutes of taking a printer from PC Pro, the item was then passed on to another person who tried to sell it to SeatonNet, which is under the same management. Caught on CCTV, the thief has been compared to the comic book hero for his movements across the shop floor. Police were notified immediately. At the same time, ICT director Gareth White, who was in the Seaton store, recognised the item being offered for sale as one of their own and refused to buy it. He said: "Ironically, I was told by the police that if I had bought back our own property from the thieves, we could have been charged with handling stolen goods." Suspects have been identified by police, but no arrests had been made as the Herald went to press.. PC Pro group director and owner Les Kinch said: "The thief was cheeky, even quite brazen, as you can see from the video. "But the police responded extremely quickly. In this incident, their intelligence was as quick as ours and in both incidents reported we were impressed with the professionalism of the officers and the speed with which the culprits were identified. "The digital video obviously helped a lot. We use advanced security cameras, and every single person who has been caught stealing has been identified. Such evidence can then be used in court." Mr Kinch did not get the printer back, but feels something positive can be gained from the experience. He said: "We had to turn the incident into a learning experience to encourage the staff to be vigilant." The Herald has viewed the CCTV footage. It shows the shadow of a person lurking in the shop doorway. The person appears to leave but, within seconds, returns. He is then filmed crawling on his knees across the shop doorway to a printer box that was on the floor. The thief is depicted as a white male with long, dark receding hair and a gaunt face.He was wearing a red-coloured top.

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