VIDEO: Little Lever DIY shop thief caught on CCTV

The Bolton News: Police would like to speak to this man whose image was captured on CCTV at Village DIY in Church Street, Little Lever Police would like to speak to this man whose image was captured on CCTV at Village DIY in Church Street, Little Lever

A thief walked into a DIY shop and stole £20 worth of items.

But the culprit did not realise that the shop owners also run a security firm — and operate a top-of-the-range camera system, costing thousands of pounds.

Bosses of Village DIY in Church Street, Little Lever, have now released footage of the incident and police are urging anyone who knows the suspect to get in touch.

The incident happened at 3.50pm on Thursday, January 30, as a member of staff had his back turned, dealing with a customer.

A man can be seen on the video casually looking at items on display and, on four occasions, he picks up items and puts them in his pocket before leaving.

He took bolts, insulation tape and damp crystals.

Shop owner Ismail Bargit, who also runs Atom Security, said: “I have been running this shop for seven years and I have never seen anything like it. We put the CCTV footage on Facebook and people have been coming in to say the man is definitely local.

“Someone saw him getting on a bus in Little Lever the morning after this happened and I have seen him before.”

Mr Bargit added: “It’s not so much the value of the items he took, it’s the principle that he has come into the shop and taken goods from us.

“We would like him to come forward to the police.”

A police spokesman said: “We would like people to take a look at this man and contact us on 101 if you know who it is.”

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1:34pm Mon 3 Feb 14

oftbewildered2 says...

best CCTV footage I have ever seen - some people are just brass necked
best CCTV footage I have ever seen - some people are just brass necked oftbewildered2

3:57pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Chrome1 says...

I know Mr Bargit quite well. He is an electrician extraodinare. I'm not surprised his cctv is that good. Hope they catch the theiving git.
I know Mr Bargit quite well. He is an electrician extraodinare. I'm not surprised his cctv is that good. Hope they catch the theiving git. Chrome1

6:14pm Mon 3 Feb 14

wsw69 says...

Now then, THAT is what you call proper CCTV imagery. It's better than SKY HD, except for the ugly thieving b A 5 t A r d who has the 'starring role'. Let's hope he is collared soon, and top job to the proprietor of the business for spending a few extra quid on top notch CCTV.
Now then, THAT is what you call proper CCTV imagery. It's better than SKY HD, except for the ugly thieving b A 5 t A r d who has the 'starring role'. Let's hope he is collared soon, and top job to the proprietor of the business for spending a few extra quid on top notch CCTV. wsw69

10:04pm Mon 3 Feb 14

mollymalone86 says...

What's with all the negative ratings for the above comments?!!

Anyway the shop owner posted on Facebook that the thief has handed himself in.
What's with all the negative ratings for the above comments?!! Anyway the shop owner posted on Facebook that the thief has handed himself in. mollymalone86

8:58am Tue 4 Feb 14

MarkAllRead says...

Shame they didn't nail him before he bolted. When they do catch him, I hope they don't let him off the hook - he deserves to spent some time amongst the screws.
Shame they didn't nail him before he bolted. When they do catch him, I hope they don't let him off the hook - he deserves to spent some time amongst the screws. MarkAllRead

11:43am Tue 4 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

Another one of lifes winners no doubt.
Another one of lifes winners no doubt. Jim271

1:05pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Barbara44 says...

Brilliant c,c,t,v someone will know him,
Brilliant c,c,t,v someone will know him, Barbara44

11:51pm Tue 4 Feb 14

eatmytruth says...

That's great! I'm sure nanny other businesses will be contacting Mr bargit for his services after seeing this.
That's great! I'm sure nanny other businesses will be contacting Mr bargit for his services after seeing this. eatmytruth

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