Bungling thieves have been caught on camera smashing their car into a pharmacy in a dramatic ram raid – but despite causing $300,000 of damage, they may have escaped with nothing but some worthless cholesterol tablets.
CCTV footage taken inside an Airport West pharmacy just outside of Melbourne, and published by 9 News, shows a stolen Subaru slamming in to the store on Friday evening, leaving a trail of destruction totalling a reported $300,000.
According to the news outlet, owner Lachlan Williams believes the thieves may have been after pseudoephedrine, a chemical which can be modified to make crystal methamphetamine. Instead, he suspects they accidentally took boxes of cholesterol tablets.
The video shows the front of the car smash through a wall sending pharmacy items flying, shelves crashing to the floor and debris strewn across the ground.
After backing out again, a hooded figure can be seen running inside, jumping over the debris before sprinting to the back of the store and escaping in less than a minute with arms full of boxes of the tablets.
“Funnily enough, he might have stolen some cholesterol tablets,” Williams told the news outlet. “Don’t know what he wants with cholesterol tablets.”
Williams, who has owned the pharmacy with his family for 10 years, added: “It’s disappointing you know, because we work our butts off.”
According to 9 News, this is the eighth time the family’s store has been targeted. As a result, Williams said he keeps the more expensive and dangerous drugs hidden away.
Police are now investigating several other break-in incidents on the same night, but it’s unclear yet if they are linked. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
It’s not the first time a burglary attempt has been caught on camera, and one attempt dramatically unravelled earlier this year when a would-be thief managed to smash his partner over the head with a brick while trying to break in to a warehouse.
Two men were filmed as they tried to smash their way into a building in China using two bricks. But while one of them hit his target, he made the mistake of turning into his partner’s line of fire – and got caught in the cross-fire.
As the man threw his brick with great force, it went straight into the other would-be burglar’s face, knocking him to the ground.
The Shanghai Police department posted the video to social media site Weibo at the time, and it gathered millions of views thanks to the accidental comedy value. According to the Mail Online, they captioned the video: “If thieves are at this level, the police will not have to work overtime.”