Two ordinary Aussie blokes are today being hailed as heroes after filming the moment they foiled a late-night robbery on the Gold Coast and confronted the thieves head-on.
James Ross-Munroe and Kane Wiblen were walking home along the Gold Coast Highway at Arundel during the early hours of Saturday morning after a night out with mates when they stumbled across the crime in progress.
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Mr Ross-Munroe had just “busted a plugga” (broken a thong) at a bus stop near the intersection with Marble Arch Place when he and Mr Wiblen noticed a white Holden Commodore pull into the United service station behind them.
The pair thought the vehicle was undercover police, but no one was prepared for what was about to happen next.
Two men jumped out of the Commodore – which had no registration plates – and tried smashing their way into a closed Oporto burger shop next-door to the service station.
With his phone camera already rolling, Mr Wiblen filmed as his mate, Mr Ross-Munroe raced over to the thieve’s getaway car and yanked the keys from the ignition.
After yelling for the nearby service station attendant to call police, the bandits reappeared and jumped back in the car.
After realising the keys were missing, the driver jumped back out and took off on foot, but Mr Ross-Munroe wasn’t giving up without a fight.
He leapt into the car through the opened driver’s side door and tried to detain the passenger, but he too managed to get away.
Following their encounter, the pair immediately posted the vision to Facebook from where it has since gone viral, saying, “the moment we caught two blokes breaking into Oportos Arundel, they ran inside so I took their keys out of the ignition.”
“When the driver came back to the car he realised his keys were missing, the passenger jumped in and I managed to land a few punches.
“I chased them but because I’m fat they got away.”
Police are investigating the incident and have confirmed the white Holden Commodore had been stolen.
Detectives have reportedly questioned a man, however no charges had been laid at the time of writing.
Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.