I’m as big a fishing gearhead as the next guy, and on more than one occasion I’ve remarked the only way I’d ever be able to own a particularly spendy piece of equipment would be to steal it. I was just joking. These guys weren’t.
From this story on Wales Online:
It reads like the plot of a classic heist movie: daring thieves tunnel through three walls to steal their loot. But this was exactly how a gang of burglars raided a Cardiff fishing shop at the weekend. The crooks bore their way from a derelict pub to get into Anglers’ Supplies, on Penarth Road, in Grangetown, and made off with thousands of pounds worth of air rifles and fishing equipment. The theft bears remarkable similarities to the 2008 thriller The Bank Job, starring Jason Statham.
In the film, Statham’s gang lease a shop and tunnel through a takeaway to reach an underground bank vault. Local councillors were last night worried that the stolen air rifles could now be sold on the black market and flood the city’s streets. The thieves are thought to have first broken into the Baroness Windsor, an abandoned Victorian pub set to be converted into flats. They then cut through the brickwork of the 130-year-old boozer, before tunnelling a 2ft by 1ft passage through two breeze block walls into the rear of the shop. Owner Mike Miles, who has run the store for 40 years, only noticed what had happened as he opened up on Saturday morning. “I noticed a fishing rod was at an angle and there were some boxes on the floor and the alarm was making a funny noise,” he said.
The only thing more interesting than the way the heist was pulled off was the reaction from the local councillors. Apparently they’re terrified by the prospect of Cardiff’s streets being flooded with stolen…air rifles?