Shoplifting suspect on mobility scooter hits display in bid to escape
26th August 2021

Moment shoplifting suspect smashes up display in bid to make high-speed mobility scooter escape from Waitrose with bottle of booze as five staff race to stop him

  • Disabled man also hurled his crutches at Waitrose staff in Camden on August 10
  • Problems kicked off in store when the man was apparently abusive to customers
  • Five workers challenged him after he is believed to have taken a bottle of spirits
  • Police officers attended the branch and no further action was taken, said the Met

This is the moment a shoplifting suspect smashes up a display in a bid to make a high-speed mobility scooter escape from Waitrose with a bottle of booze as five security staff race to stop him. 

The disabled man also hurled his crutches at workers during the incident at the Waitrose Bloomsbury store in Camden, London, on August 10.

Problems kicked off in the branch when the man was apparently abusive to customers. Staff then challenged him after he is believed to have taken a bottle of spirits.

He began shouting at those attempting to detain him, sending goods flying as he tried to leave before five men jumped on his scooter.

Police officers attended the store after being called to reports of shoplifting and no further action was taken, said the Met.

Staff at the Waitrose Bloomsbury store in Camden, London, challenged the disabled man (pictured above) after he is believed to have taken a bottle of spirits from a nearby shelf


 Problems kicked off at the branch when the man was apparently abusive to customers. Police officers attended the store after being called to reports of shoplifting and no further action was taken, said the Met

In a video, the man can be heard screaming: ‘I’ve not done anything, get your hands off me!’

One staff member appears to shout ‘get out’, to which he replies: ‘I’m not getting out.’ 

A worker takes away his crutches, with the man saying: ‘Get out my f***ing way. What are you doing? You keep on assaulting me.’

‘Get your f***ing hands off’, he continues as other shoppers watch the scene unfold.

The man then travels towards the double exit doors, knocking into a display before he is grabbed by the neck by one staff member.

He repeats: ‘Get your f***ing hands off me’, while an employee says to call the police as a group of five of them try to stop the mobility scooter user from leaving. 


A worker takes away his crutches, with the man saying: ‘Get out my f***ing way. What are you doing? You keep on assaulting me.’ He then travels towards the double exit doors

The man knocks into a display before he is grabbed by the neck by one staff member. A spokeswoman for Waitrose said: ‘We’re grateful to the police for their assistance and have cooperated fully with their investigations’

Another crutch is filmed being thrown as one worker appears to remove a bottle of alcohol from the man’s scooter.

The group then try to drag him back into the store with one saying: ‘You’re not going anywhere’, as the man shouts: ‘Let go, let go’. 

A spokeswoman for the Met said they were called to the incident on August 10.

She stated: ‘Police were called at around 22:00hrs on Tuesday, 10 August, to reports of shoplifting at a shop on Handel Street, Bloomsbury.

The man repeats: ‘Get your f***ing hands off me’, while an employee says to call the police as a group of them try to stop the mobility scooter user from leaving

‘Officers attended and spoke to staff who alleged that a male had attempted to leave the shop without paying for items and when challenged caused criminal damage.

‘He was detained by staff before police arrival. Officers spoke to all parties and no further action was taken.’

A spokeswoman for Waitrose said: ‘While we’re unable to discuss individuals, our Partners and security team acted to protect the safety of our customers and Partners in the shop at the time.

‘We’re grateful to the police for their assistance and have cooperated fully with their investigations.’  

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