LONDON — Shoplifters beware, there's something worse than a fine or prison time waiting for you if you steal from the Co-op in Stroud: Adrian Weekes' bottom.
The store employee performed a very distinct citizens arrest on a young shoplifter recently, by sitting on the teen's face until help arrived. The incident was captured and posted to a local Facebook page, Not Unusual For Stroud.
A 15-year-old boy walked out of the store twice without paying for wine and beer on Oct. 17, a police spokesman said in a statement to the Daily Mail. On the third occasion, Weekes apprehended the suspected thief and perched on his face to ensure he didn't run off. When police arrived the boy was told to return to Stroud police station the following day.
Another customer, Manfred Ruaz, 40, said he saw it unfold and it "was really weird."
"I walked through the doors and there was this big bloke sat on this kid," he said. "I have definitely never seen anything like it before. It was a shock." The Mail reports that the 52-year-old vigilante employee, who's worked at the shop for 16 years, has been suspended.
One ex-customer described him as a "grumpy old codger but a bit of a ledge."
The boy returned to the station on Oct. 18 with his mum. "The youth was of previously good character so, at the Sergeant's discretion, he was issued with a Restorative Justice Level 1 order," police said. "He paid for the goods he stole and has been banned from the store."