Two suspected car thieves nearly got caught after they decided to stop off for a burger at a McDonald’s drive-through – in the car they had stolen.
CCTV footage shows the driver getting ready to make his order in a blue Audi A3, on cloned plates, at the drive-through in Basildon reports the Basildon Echo.
Purely by chance, police were at the scene and tried to stop the car, which sped away crashing into a metal pole in a disabled bay in the drive-through car park.
A pedestrian was almost knocked over in the process however the two men in the stolen car managed to get out and run away before they could be apprehended by police.
The police did manage to retrieve the car which, according to the Echo, is believed to have been stolen from London. Officers are now circulating the CCTV images in a bid to trap down the alleged thieves.
PC Sam Wayland, from Basildon police, said:
Police tried to stop them there, but they made off from the park.
They knocked over a metal post while trying to get away and almost hit a member of the public. We need to find them.
Residents have been urged to remain vigilant after 43 burglaries and 11 car thefts were reported in the area in just the last month.
PC Wayland added:
We have definitely noticed an increase of cars being stolen from burglaries and I would urge people to keep your keys away from doors and windows.
Have your vehicle’s windows etched with its registration number or the last seven digits of the vehicle identification number.
This can put criminals off, as it makes your car more difficult to sell. It also makes it easier for police to get your car back to you if it is stolen.
On the other hand the thieves might get peckish and give themselves away again before too long.