Talented bird stole $375 worth of crisps from Devon supermarket
A shrewd seagull has become such a skilled shoplifter it is believed to have stolen some $375 (£300) worth of crisps in a single year from Tesco in Paignton, England, local media revealed on Tuesday, adding that the enterprising bird was caught red-clawed on film.
Known as “Steven SeagullFor residents of the Devon town, the bird is believed to visit the store up to three times a day, waiting for humans to open the automatic doors before swooping in and emerging with a bag of crisps firmly squeezed in its beak.
While it’s impossible to say how much the seagull actually nibbled on Tesco profits, it’s believed to have run away with some 37 pounds (17 kilograms) of food.
Employees admitthis happens at least once a day, often three times“, and that the Doritos are”his favorite.” They insist that they “chase it because we don’t want to lose the stock” and are “always on the lookoutbut the bird still manages to escape them, charming the townspeople, who film it and witness its antics.
Although there is no indication that Steven Seagull learned his trade by observing humans, shoplifting of the non-avian variety has increased in the UK, with prosecutions falling sharply as police complain about stealing goods worth less than $250 (£200) has been effectively decriminalised.
Shoplifting was on the rise before the Covid-19 lockdowns, and although that increase stagnated while most Britons were hiding at home, it started to rise again once restrictions were lifted.