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Car Thief Shocked As Motion Activated Dashcam Snaps Him In The Act

Car Thief Shocked As Motion Activated Dashcam Snaps Him In The Act

As any car thief will tell you, the last thing you want after breaking into a vehicle is for a camera to go off in your face and catch you in the act. Unfortunately for one criminal in the US, this is exactly what happened to him - and his expression says it all.

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The man in question was rummaging through a Mini in Beaverton, Oregon, when the owner's motion-activated dashcam snapped the guy, around 10 seconds after he'd broken into the vehicle.

As you may have guessed from his expression, he didn't hang about after that and left without taking anything from the car.

The owner of the Mini - who wishes to remain anonymous - is understandably chuffed with the dashcam, which served its purpose extremely effectively. However, while she hoped it would provide her with a sense of security, she never envisaged it would produce such comedy too.

Speaking to KOIN, she said: "It starts recording without any light as soon as the motion happens, but after 10 seconds, the light comes on and he was startled by that.

"Nothing was missing, but you could see someone had gone through my car. I am totally happy I bought that camera. It's worth every penny.

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"I just kept playing back the video cause it was just so funny. I'm just glad that it's getting the attention that it's getting."

Gotcha. Credit: ABC 13
Gotcha. Credit: ABC 13

Police are still trying to trace the man, though you'd have to think with such a clear capture of the culprit's face having gone viral, the odds are stacked against the Mini menace.

Dashcams have revolutionised the way crimes and road-based incidents are assessed, diminishing the frequency with which incidents boil down to one person's word against another's. They also some times throw up gems like this - though it is arguably the second best bit of dashcam footage in recent times.

Last year, a dashcam in Norfolk, UK, caught the remarkable moment a van drove straight over a roundabout and flew 12ft into the air.

The driver was lucky to escape with minor injuries. Credit: SWNS
The driver was lucky to escape with minor injuries. Credit: SWNS

The moment was captured by motorcyclist Andy Daynes, 35, on his helmet-cam as he drove behind the van on the A11 in Attleborough.

Speaking after the incident, Mr Daynes said: "I pulled over along with some other drivers to see if he was OK. He had to be cut out of the van - but he seemed to be alright, he wasn't badly injured.

"It is quite a bad roundabout, he just didn't see what was coming because he was going so fast.

"He was on his own, he had a few cuts and bruises but the ambulance came straight away and took him to hospital. He just didn't see the roundabout coming."

So people, get yourself a dashcam - it may just catch an amazing moment.

Also, don't break into cars or drive like a maniac - a dashcam may just catch you.

Featured Image Credit: ABC 13

Topics: Funny, US News, crime

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

 

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