Bungling burglers in Scotland on a late-night trip to a kebab shop has landed them in a whole lot of trouble, after they were caught on camera robbing the takeaway.
Ignoring the expensive computer equipment – and a till full of cash – the ravenous raiders instead went straight for the meat, carrying out a 70lb frozen doner.
And any chance of a quick get-away was ruined after one of the thieves dropped the frozen meat on his foot.
CCTV footage at the Kebab Mahal in Edinburgh shows the two criminals stealing the food at around 1.45am on Friday morning.
One of the thieves managed to slip through a tiny window to get inside the takeway before passing the meat to his friend outside. As well as the frozen doner meat, they took raw shish kebabs, samosas, and a 10kg container of raw marinated chicken.
Owner Azher Rashid, 37, described the scene as “like something out of America’s Dumbest Criminals”, and said: “I got a phone call from my brother to say he thought we had been broken into because some of the pizza trays were out of place.
“The kebab machine had been moved and shish kebabs had gone missing. Initially, that’s all we thought had been taken but when we checked the CCTV, we found out they had stolen the doner meat and the chicken – they didn’t even stop at the computers or at the till.”
Mr Rashid described the culprits, who he believes had been drinking, as in their mid-20s, of medium build, and one wearing a black top and the other a green hoodie.
“I wouldn’t have thought anybody would have been able to fit through that window,” he said. “And the doner meat weighs a lot – it takes a couple of us to safely get it out of the freezer.
“On the CCTV, you see one of them pushing the meat through the window and the other boy grabbing it, before it disappears – the next thing you see is the guy outside jumping about in agony.”
The pair are then seen walking off, with the uninjured thief carrying the kebab meat on his shoulder.
Mr Rashid said: “They were a bit dumb, to be honest, it was like something you would see on that TV programme, America’s Dumbest Criminals. Within a few hours, the doner would have defrosted and they wouldn’t have had anything to cook it with. Most likely, they have dumped it.”