Much like any other economic activity, crime is also evolving by leveraging technological inroads. Cue a new report from the English town of Mansfield where police are searching for two people suspected of serial thievery of the most valuable liquid known to humanity – printer ink cartridges. The dynamic duo is said to have targeted local Tesco and Asda stores over a two-day period in mid-August. Mansfield PD said the thieves made away with the equivalent of over $7,500 (£6,000) worth of ink cartridges, a substantial amount for the traditionally quiet East Midlands town.
Will ink bandits strike again?
Their targets were the Tesco Extra outlet in Oak Tree Centre and Asda’s shop in Old Mill Lane which they hit on the 12th and 13th of August, respectively. The details of their exploits are still largely unconfirmed, though Mansfield authorities likely aren’t dealing with master criminals here; not accounting for the ingenuity they demonstrated by targeting ink cartridges, naturally. That’s on account of the fact the suspects were caught on security cameras at both locations, revealing themselves to be nothing alike modern-day Bonnie and Clyde.
Instead, the police are looking for two local blokes in their mid-20s or thereabouts, with a penchant for wearing baseball hats, as evidenced by the CCTV footage featured herein. As if their sightings and befuddled facial expressions aren’t reason enough to suspect foul play, another fact pointing to the premeditated nature of the reported crimes can be found in the few other details released by local authorities.
Namely, the duo is said to have appeared at both locations with large bags used for collecting the ink cartridges they forgot to pay for, while also misremembering where the aforementioned Tesco store’s exit was, consequently leaving with their spoils via a fire escape. In spite of this sequence of events that sounds like something that fell out of a bad comic book, Mansfield authorities have turned to the general public for help in identifying the two ink bandits.
Nottinghamshire police is hoping someone will recognize the puzzled individuals and leave them out to dry before they do the same to any more printers. If you happen to be that person, please contact British authorities by calling 101 and quoting incident number 974 from the 12th of August, 2019.