Bungling thief pictured as he steals CCTV camera from Bradshaw Cricket Club

The Bolton News: The thief is snapped just before he steals a CCTV camera from Bradshaw Cricket Club The thief is snapped just before he steals a CCTV camera from Bradshaw Cricket Club

A BUNGLING thief stole a security camera — but not before the CCTV system had done its job and snapped a picture of the unwitting suspect.

This is the last image of the CCTV system at Bradshaw Cricket Club before the man pictured made off with the camera.

The back door camera was stolen at about 4.30am on May 16 — but not before it got a clear shot of the man, wearing a hooded Adidas jacket and black gloves.

A second camera was then stolen from the side of the building on May 29, but this time the thief covered up the lens as he stole it.

Club secretary Mike Buckley said: “We’ve just had to report a second stolen camera — but unfortunately this time we have no photo so we can’t be sure if it is the same man.

“We think it could be the same guy, but we can’t be sure of course.

“It’s so frustrating. This is a voluntary organisation and replacing the cameras will cost us about £200.

“We have spent so much money over the last year trying to make the cricket club a real community base for families in Bolton, then someone takes that away from us by stealing it not once — but twice.”

It is not the first time the cricket club has been a victim of crime this season.

Vandals damaged two sight screens — days after they were put up at the cricket club in April.

Members had used money from sponsors to build the screens from scratch for £1,000 — thousands of pounds less than the cost of buying new screens.

They were placed at the club in time for the second team’s first game on Easter Sunday, but were damaged on Easter Monday.

A spokesman for GMP said the thefts had been reported to police. He added: “There have been no arrests and inquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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11:18am Thu 5 Jun 14

lancashiregirl says...

Should have a warning DO NOT LOOK IF YOU ARE OF A NERVOUS DESPOSITION
Should have a warning DO NOT LOOK IF YOU ARE OF A NERVOUS DESPOSITION lancashiregirl
  • Score: 6

2:29pm Thu 5 Jun 14

soup153 says...

Should have be attached to 25,000 volts. Them the left over pork scratchings fed to the dogs.
Should have be attached to 25,000 volts. Them the left over pork scratchings fed to the dogs. soup153
  • Score: 11

4:37pm Thu 5 Jun 14

I, Ludicrous says...

Presumably, Mr Buckley, they've nicked your cameras in order to rob your clubhouse. I hope I'm wrong.
Presumably, Mr Buckley, they've nicked your cameras in order to rob your clubhouse. I hope I'm wrong. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 7

4:40pm Thu 5 Jun 14

goldie47 says...

communnity service....if caught
communnity service....if caught goldie47
  • Score: 2

7:03pm Thu 5 Jun 14

albertmodley says...

goldie47 wrote:
communnity service....if caught
No .Set a couple of beefy cricketers loose on him, bowling at 80mph, sell tickets at £1 each and see the crowds turn up for a laugh a la Piers Morgan fashion in Aussie.
[quote][p][bold]goldie47[/bold] wrote: communnity service....if caught[/p][/quote]No .Set a couple of beefy cricketers loose on him, bowling at 80mph, sell tickets at £1 each and see the crowds turn up for a laugh a la Piers Morgan fashion in Aussie. albertmodley
  • Score: 2

8:47am Fri 6 Jun 14

Jim271 says...

Scum like this actually think they are being clever.
Scum like this actually think they are being clever. Jim271
  • Score: 0

4:13pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Younglife says...

Crooks nowadays are smart enough to disable the cameras AND take the footage with them when they break into a house and realize there's CCTV there. Not every owner takes advantage of technologies like having email alarm messages on, rather settle for old-fashioned DVRs or whatever. That's why cloud services like Xeoma Cloud, sensr and the like are trending where you don't need to keep records 'on site'. They are also cheaper than installing video surveillance system. Unless yours is million years old of course and costs literally nothing.
Crooks nowadays are smart enough to disable the cameras AND take the footage with them when they break into a house and realize there's CCTV there. Not every owner takes advantage of technologies like having email alarm messages on, rather settle for old-fashioned DVRs or whatever. That's why cloud services like Xeoma Cloud, sensr and the like are trending where you don't need to keep records 'on site'. They are also cheaper than installing video surveillance system. Unless yours is million years old of course and costs literally nothing. Younglife
  • Score: 0

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