HERE’S the moment a motorcyclist took on two thieves armed with nunchucks – and forced them to flee without either his bike or theirs.
Police say the two men in crash helmets were caught on CCTV riding up and down a road in Croydon, South London, before trying to steal a Paggio MP3 with a screwdriver.
The owner rushed out of his house armed with nunchucks and challenged them, but one of the thieves managed to get the weapon from him.
A CCTV clip posted on YouTube begins as a thief assaults the owner, dressed in white, with his own nunchucks.
But the owner fights back and shoves the thief into the side of a parked car, where he grapples with him and gets the nunchucks back.
At the same moment a barefooted neighbour rushes to help the owner.
The second thief gets off the Yamaha R125 the pair arrived on and runs to help his mate but it’s too late. Against two men, one now back in possession of his nunchucks, the thieves are forced to flee on foot, abandoning the R125 – which police say was also stolen.
We’re not experts on the minds of scumbag thieves but we’re guessing that counts as an unsuccessful mission.
Police are hunting the two would-be thieves and appealing for information following the assault, which took place on Arnull’s Road at 1.30pm on December 10.
One of the suspects is described as wearing a dark coloured jacket with a red logo on the back; black trousers with a blue line down the side; black trainers with white soles; and gloves.
The other is described as wearing a dark jacket with grey at the top; dark trousers; black trainers with white soles; and a helmet with a Nike tick on the back.
Detective Constable Ania Casey, investigating officer from Croydon, said: "If the owner had not locked his motorbike with a heavy chain, his bike may have been taken in seconds. Those extra minutes were sufficient enough to alert the owner and his neighbours to deter the two suspects.
"I would urge anyone with information or who witnessed the incident to call officers via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."