Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Thief nicks bobby...

A cardboard cut-out of a police officer used to deter shoplifters has been er...nicked.

The life-size image of beat bobby PC Bob Molloy was stolen from a Co-op in Long Eaton, Derbyshire. Police say a man has been captured on CCTV walking away with the picture under his arm.

Derbyshire Police have been placing cardboard cut-outs of PC Molloy in shops for the past two years in the hope that thieves would take a quick glance and think the image was a real cop.

And before you laugh the idea out of court, Derbyshire Police point to recent figures which show a fall in thefts from stores which have the two-dimensional officers.

But this time they'll have their work cut-out.

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