Bungling thief is smacked in the face by rebounding brick after he tries smash a car window 

Instant karma! Bungling thief is smacked in the face by brick after he tries smash car window 

  • Video footage shows a hooded figure approach a vehicle in Brandon, Durham 
  • He hurls a brick at the window which rebounds back and hits him in the face 
  • Martin Craig said he reviewed CCTV and was taken back by the ‘nerve’ of the man to attempt it in daylight, but just laughed when he saw the brick hit his face

A bungling thief was smacked in the face by a rebounding brick after he hurled it at a car window. 

CCTV footage taken on the morning of October 5 shows a hooded figure approach the people carrier from behind before picking up a nearby brick outside the property in Brandon, Durham.  

As he hurls it at the window of the Renault Kangoo, the brick bounces back and strikes the would-be thief in the face, causing him to recoil back, clutching his hands to his nose and mouth, hunching over in pain.  

As he hurls it at the window of the Renault Kangoo, the brick bounces back and strikes the would-be thief in the face

The brick strikes the hooded figure in the face

As he hurls it at the window of the Renault Kangoo, the brick bounces back and strikes the would-be thief in the face

The hooded man was then arrested, a resident at the property said. 

Martin Craig, 32, said: ‘This nice person decided he would break into my car after many failed attempts karma came too bite him in the face.’

Mr Craig, who uses a wheelchair, added: ‘I didn’t even know it happened until 10.30 when the police knocked on my door to tell me they had caught someone trying to break into my car so I gave them all CCTV footage.

‘I just thought ”it’s just gone daylight, how does he have the nerve to do it in plain sight?” 

The hooded man preparing to throw the brick

The hooded man doubles over in pain after the brick ricocheted back from the car window

The hooded man doubles over in pain after the brick ricocheted back from the car window

‘When we saw it hit him well we all just laughed.’

Mr Craig uploaded the footage to Facebook, where it has gained more than 5,000 views.

He said his vehicle sustained scratches to the glass and paint work, adding: ‘No idea why it was my car he targeted unless he knows that I’m in a wheelchair.’

A spokeswoman for Durham Constabulary said: ‘Police were called to reports of shoplifting in Grove Road, Brandon on October 5, at about 6.30am.

‘Whilst in attendance, officers received reports of an incident of criminal damage in the same street.

‘A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage to a vehicle and shoplifting.

‘He has since been charged with both offences and will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court on Thursday, November 7.

‘Anyone with any information is asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 069 of October 5.’

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