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Australian bag-snatcher crashes through glass door

Monday, April 01, 2013 - 00:54

April 1 - CCTV footage shows an alleged bag-snatcher in Australia's Perth crashing through a glass door before escaping with a stolen handbag. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) An alleged bag-snatcher crashed through a glass door at a shopping mall in Australia on Sunday but managed to escape unharmed. The man allegedly stole a purse from a 50-year-old woman at a news agency in the shopping centre, Western Australia police said. Closed-circuit TV footage showed the culprit running and crashing into the glass, knocking him flat on the ground. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STORE OWNER GREG RICE, SAYING: "When I first came out here, I didn't realise it was a bag-snatch either. Didn't know what went on, really. I just thought somebody ran into the door, but as it turned out, when I saw how keen he was to get away, we realised something was up." According to the police report, bystanders, unaware of the apparent theft, assisted the man before an accomplice stepped up and threatened them to let go. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TATTOO SHOP OWNER JAKE ADAMS, SAYING: "He said 'I've got a gun, I've got a gun, I'm gonna shoot you, I'm gonna shoot you'. So, I picked the guy up in front of me, like they do in the movies and held him in front of me." Then the alleged thief and accomplice left the scene in a stolen green Lexus, police reported. Western Australia police says they are continuing to search for the two men.

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Australian bag-snatcher crashes through glass door

Monday, April 01, 2013 - 00:54