This startling footage shows a couple stop their car to jump out and steal two plant pots from a house before being pursued by a woman from the house next door.
The man driving the car appears to ring the doorbell to check if someone is home before swiping a plant pot from the front garden in South Shields, Tyne and Wear.
His accomplice then jumps from the passenger seat of the Vauxhall Corsa and swipes the second pot.
But she is caught red handed by the next door neighbour’s aunt who was checking his dogs.
The woman chases the thief to the car, apparently on the phone to police.
Police are hunting the pair of green-fingered thieves after they swiped two plant pots from a house in the Bents Park Road area of South Shields, Tyne and Wear
CCTV footage shows a young woman wearing fluffy slippers swiping the second plant pot after her male accomplice checked to see if anyone was at home before grabbing the first one
Ryan Bengston, whose auntie chased the thieves, lives next door to the people that had their garden features stolen and he put his CCTV footage online to try an identify the pair
The CCTV footage from the neighbour’s house captures the incident – at around 9:40am on Wednesday.
Police have confirmed the Vauxhall Corsa was using number plates stolen from a grandmother.
The footage of the raid was shared on Facebook on Wednesday by Ryan Bengston in a bid to identify his neighbour’s plant pot pinchers.
He wrote: ‘Absolutely ridiculous, pinching plant pots in broad daylight, is it really worth it?’
Speaking on Thursday he said: ‘The lady who went outside is my auntie. She was in my property checking on the dogs when she noticed somebody run from my next door neighbour’s with the plant pot.
The woman thief waits with the car door open for her male accomplice before going to the property to swipe a second plant pot
The female thief seems to realise she has been caught as she flees with the second plant pot in her hands. The green fingered thieves have received a considerable backlash online
‘She seen them outside and instantly reacted as she knows who my neighbours are.
‘They’ve been going round the estate for days now, stealing plants.’
Ryan’s post has been inundated with comments from shocked viewers.
Clayton Fox wrote: ‘F****** plant pots, man. Middle class thievery at its finest.’
Donna Proudlock added: ‘Taxpayers working hard to buy nice things for house and garden then absolute tramps who probably ain’t ever worked nicking it.
The robbery starts with the male checking to see if anyone is at the property before starting the heist. He appears to ring the doorbell and peer through the windows
The woman in blue jeans, a grey sweater and fluffy slippers wastes no time as she sprints to the South Shields property to grab the second pot as the male loads his loot into the Vauxhall
The thieves are disturbed as they load their getaway vehicle by a brave woman who chases them down seemingly on the phone to police. Officers confirmed they are investigating
It emerged later that the registration plate on the vehicle was stolen from a grandmother’s car who lives on the same street, the day before the incident.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: ‘Police are appealing for information after a report of theft in South Tyneside.
‘At around 10.05am, police received a report of plant pots being stolen from an address on Bents Park Road in South Shields.
‘It is understood that at around 10am, a man and woman have parked their car next to the address and entered the front garden.
‘They have then taken two plant pots and fled the scene in their car.
‘While CCTV footage has caught the car leaving the scene, it has now been confirmed that the offenders were using a stolen registration plate to conceal their own.’