The 22-year-old was briefly detained for three months after being caught on camera stealing from a jewellery store in Warsaw.
He could spend up to ten years in prison.
The moment a 22-year-old burglar pretended to be a mannequin and stood immobile in a Polish department store was caught on camera.
Maintaining his position until the business closed, the man is said to have subsequently come back to life, bag ready, and ransacked a jewellery store in Warsaw.
According to a statement from the Śródmieście District Police Headquarters, assistant inspector Robert Szumiata, “he went hunting and robbed the island of jewellery when he felt safe.”
The individual was accused of stealing from the retail shop on previous occasions.
According to Szumiata, the man allegedly waited until closing time on another occasion before having a bite to eat at a neighbouring pub.
Then, he allegedly made his way past a steel curtain to enter another store where he stole some high-end apparel.
He made another supper break along the route at a well-known pub.
But at last, he was discovered and apprehended by security guards, who then contacted the police.
“He claimed that it was “known” that the 22-year-old had broken into and stolen from another gallery, “where, following its closure, he attempted to steal other items and took money from several cash registers.”
Szumiata verified that the man has been charged with theft and burglary by the downtown Department for Combating Property Crime.
The individual was placed under temporary arrest for a period of three months by the court, at the request of the District Prosecutor’s Office of Warsaw Śródmieście Północ.
According to him, these offences carry a maximum 10-year prison sentence under the Penal Code.