Cheats, shoots and leaves (without paying): Bizarre moment Russian thief sprints along street with stolen 5ft panda toy
- The thief stole the giant cuddly teddy from a florist in Bratsk, southern Russia
- One CCTV video shows he grabbed the bear near to the door of the shop
- Shortly after, a second camera outside caught him sprinting down the street
- Russian authorities arrested a 33-year-old man after finding the panda in his flat
The bizarre moment a Russian thief sprinted down the street with a five-foot panda toy stolen from a nearby shop has been caught on CCTV.
The incident, which saw the man steal the toy from an unsuspecting florist, was filmed in the city of Bratsk in the southern Russian region of Irkutsk Oblast.
The man thought he had cheated the shop owner out of the panda by grabbing it from near the door, before leaving and shooting off down the road on foot with his arms wrapped around the comically large bear.
Pictured: An unnamed man is shown running down a street with a giant panda cuddly toy that he stole from a nearby florist in the southern Russian region of Irkutsk Oblast
However, he was unable to escape the authorities, with the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Irkutsk Oblast announcing they arrested the 33-year-old suspect – a resident of Bratsk City – shortly after he allegedly stole the cuddly toy.
The Ministry shared images from two CCTV cameras at the scene, one from inside the flower shop and one outside.
The first video, the man cannot be seen, but the panda – shown to the right of the frame near the florist door – is seen being lifted up off the wall and whisked away out the door by the thief.
A woman, presumed to be a shopkeeper, is then shown walking towards the door the thief left by, after watching the panda disappear.
In the second clip, the suspect is shown sprinting down the pavement while carrying the huge panda bear toy in front of him, after snatching it from the shop.
CCTV footage from inside the florist captured the moment the panda was lifted off the wall near the entrance to the shop and taken by the thief before the florist could stop him
The thief was then captured on CCTV running down the road nearby with the panda in his grasp
But the man was unable to cheat the law, with officers finding the soft toy during a search of his apartment and the police said that it will be returned to the florist soon
The florist, whose name was not disclosed, called the police after the incident, reporting losses amounting to RUB 9,000, around £91.
The police said they detained the suspect, who has a previous conviction for an unspecified crime, shortly afterwards.
Officers found the soft toy during a search of his apartment and the police said that it will be returned to the florist soon.
The suspect, whose name was also not reported, faces up to four years in prison if convicted.