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Store detective jumps on car to save leather jacket
A stuntman demonstrates a car bonnet stunt. Photo: DPA

Store detective jumps on car to save leather jacket

Published: 02 Apr 2012 17:25 GMT+02:00
Updated: 02 Apr 2012 17:25 GMT+02:00

Having possibly seen one too many action movies, a middle-aged German store detective went beyond the call of duty on Saturday when he jumped on the bonnet of a getaway car to prevent the theft of a leather jacket.

Berlin security guard Peter J. spotted two shoplifters stealing a black leather jacket from the "14 oz Outlet" designer clothes store in a trendy shopping district in the centre of Berlin.

Springing into action, the 51-year-old chased the pair outside and stood in front of their car, a BMW Coupé, to block their escape.

"The driver drove into his leg," a police spokesman told newspaper Bild. "But he just stood there."

The thieves finally managed to set off, but Peter J., taking his cue straight from Hollywood, flung himself onto the car's bonnet and clung there for what witnesses said was "more than 50 metres".

At this point, the would-be shoplifters, knowing they were no match for this heroic store detective, dropped the jacket out of the window. Then Peter J, considering that his duty was done, calmly dismounted, brushed himself off and returned the jacket to the shop.

The thieves were able to flee unidentified.

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18:19 April 2, 2012 by boopsie
Great job! Give that hero a raise. Too bad the thugs got away.
19:03 April 2, 2012 by 9900lawre
Sadly in this twisted world, the european courts are more likely to award the shoplifters damages for the getaway car getting a dent and the trauma of having someone chase them!

Well done anyway mate for not getting the sack for breeching health and safety at work regulations.
20:31 April 2, 2012 by AClassicRed
More than one perspective: most security guards are warned of the legal implications of when they go too far, and can place themselves in the path of serious injury or death, which would be a greater liability for the store they work for compared to the price of a leather jacket.

What if he'd crippled him physically or sustained a head injury that prevented him from working again so he needed to be on disability benefits (though I don't know how those are here in Germany compared to what I knew of them in the states.) Hospital costs into the thousands, or compensation for the family following death. The detective should be very thankful they did not acelerate and then forcefully hit the brakes.

The articles says, "a BMW" coupé, but if I'm not mistaken the plate in the photo proclaims the car to be a Ford. So, this seems not to be an actual photo of the event, just one that was inserted.
21:21 April 2, 2012 by Frenemy
overzealous much?! how many euros a year are u willing to accept to get a cap popped in ur ass?! there ain't enough money in the world to get me to bleed out on the floor of some damned Kaufhof or C&A....(F that man)
23:00 April 2, 2012 by DickShawnsDiction
"The articles says, "a BMW" coupé, but if I'm not mistaken the plate in the photo proclaims the car to be a Ford."

Stock photo.
13:07 April 3, 2012 by Johnne
Haaaahahahhahahahaaahhahahahaaaahaaaaaahahahhaa!!!! :-D
12:31 April 4, 2012 by Basman
So corny. This is sooooo obviously a set up. Wrong car and nobody in the passenger seat (2 thieves)!
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