A pair of burglars nearly froze to death after they inadvertently locked themselves in a restaurant’s walk-in freezer.
Dim-witted thieves Stephen Fidler and Dene Temple were only saved when the police showed up at the Sichuan Garden Chinese in Brighton to investigate.
Police officers arrived at the Chinese takeaway after receiving a tip-off that two men had been seen inside the restaurant in the middle of the night.
Although officers could hear voices when they arrived, they were unable to find the men until they opened the freezer storage unit and two shivering criminals fell out.
Chief Inspector Dave Padwick of Sussex Police said the two men had a lucky escape as the burglars would have frozen to death if officers had not kept searching for them.
When my officers found the suspects they were expecting a frosty reception but the suspects were very pleased to see them, which makes a change. Our officers not only did a fantastic job of catching two burglars but also saved these two men’s lives, who would have frozen to death inside.
These men thought they got away with being inside this Chinese takeaway by hiding but stupidly thought they could do this inside the walk-in freezer where there is no doubt they would have died. Thankfully the officers who attended did not give up on their search and were able to free them.
The incident occurred in March and Fidler was sentenced to 16 months in prison on Friday, while Temple narrowly avoided jail. Both men were fined for their actions.
It’s safe to say these two hapless burglars froze under pressure worse than Rocky and Mugsy!