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Thief steals £5k from safe at the Rockstone pub in Southampton and leaves taps running

10:30am Tuesday 5th February 2013

VIDEO: Caught on camera - the thief stealing £5k from pub safe

VIDEO: Caught on camera - the thief stealing £5k from pub safe

CAUGHT on camera – this is the moment a burglar entered a popular Southampton pub and stole around £5,000 from a safe.

He was filmed walking into The Rockstone in Onslow Road before wandering into the private area upstairs and taking the cash from an open safe.

Then he casually strolled out of the pub leaving the taps on behind him.

It was only when water started dripping from the ceiling of the bar downstairs that staff realised something was wrong.

Police are investigating the theft and want people to help identify the man in the pictures.

The incident happened just before 9pm on Sunday.

Security cameras captured the man walking into the pub talking on his telephone. He sat down near the end of the bar waiting for his opportunity to pounce.

After watching bar staff and customers he walked behind the bar and upstairs to private living quarters, where the residents were at the time.

He found the safe and removed a tub containing what it thought to be up to £5,000.

Having removed the cash the man put the tub in a sink, turned on the taps and returned to the bar, once again on his phone for a while, before casually leaving the pub.

Water pouring over the top of the sink and dripping into the rooms below caused minor damage.

Max Greenwood, landlord of the pub, whose motto is Be Excellent To Each Other, said: “I’m not angry, I’m disappointed.”

The male suspect is described as black with short, possibly shaved, dark hair.

He is more than 6ft, aged between 20 and 30 and muscular.

He wore a beige jacket, dark jeans and white trainers.

Anyone who recognises the man in the footage should contact Shirley CID on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity line on 0800 555 111.

Comments(33)

Comments(33)

pushamara says...
5:04am Tue 5 Feb 13

Why would you leave the safe open with 5k in it?!

10 Minute Man says...
5:24am Tue 5 Feb 13

is he on the phone in that picture ? video time stamp+cell phone records = additional link to the crime if the police will follow up that part of the evidence.

Leaving the taps on is the part which annoys me most ! Destructive idiocy not just greed thievery.

MiddleOfRoad says...
6:21am Tue 5 Feb 13

This crook is done and dusted. Obviously a recidivist offender who will be well known to both Police and Prison authorities and probably Social Services.
It is just a matter of time before his collar is felt and he experiences deja vu when he steps into court to plead guilty to a raft of criminal charges. He will know it and will be debating whether to hand himself in or await the knock on the door.
I hope the Judge, and it will be a Judge given the seriousness and the crook's almost certain lengthy criminal history, directs him to make reparations from his benefits upon his release.
What are the odds that this low life is in public housing and receiving all possible benefits from the very society he seeks to abuse?

bullarboy says...
8:18am Tue 5 Feb 13

Unfortunately I would think that there has been an element of inside information here - staff or workman etc. as note how he seems to know exactly where he is going! (and prob that the safe will be left open - God knows why??)

userds5050 says...
8:47am Tue 5 Feb 13

MiddleOfRoad wrote:
This crook is done and dusted. Obviously a recidivist offender who will be well known to both Police and Prison authorities and probably Social Services.
It is just a matter of time before his collar is felt and he experiences deja vu when he steps into court to plead guilty to a raft of criminal charges. He will know it and will be debating whether to hand himself in or await the knock on the door.
I hope the Judge, and it will be a Judge given the seriousness and the crook's almost certain lengthy criminal history, directs him to make reparations from his benefits upon his release.
What are the odds that this low life is in public housing and receiving all possible benefits from the very society he seeks to abuse?
"recidivist offender." Is that tautology?

There's Always Been Ethel says...
8:53am Tue 5 Feb 13

A new member of The Wet Bandits no doubt.

Tenderhearts wife says...
8:59am Tue 5 Feb 13

it would seem that Middleofroad actually knows who this person is or perhaps has a crystal ball or a good set of cards?

userds5050 says...
9:03am Tue 5 Feb 13

10 Minute Man wrote:
is he on the phone in that picture ? video time stamp+cell phone records = additional link to the crime if the police will follow up that part of the evidence.

Leaving the taps on is the part which annoys me most ! Destructive idiocy not just greed thievery.
Better still take his prints off the safe. He's not wearing gloves in the video. Come on, if he's a recidivist as MOR puts it he'll be known to the police and there's no need to post the CCTV.

massimoosti says...
9:31am Tue 5 Feb 13

Inside job / informed............
.he entered the room and went straight to the safe as if he knew where it was beforehand.

Inform Al says...
12:12pm Tue 5 Feb 13

MiddleOfRoad wrote:
This crook is done and dusted. Obviously a recidivist offender who will be well known to both Police and Prison authorities and probably Social Services.
It is just a matter of time before his collar is felt and he experiences deja vu when he steps into court to plead guilty to a raft of criminal charges. He will know it and will be debating whether to hand himself in or await the knock on the door.
I hope the Judge, and it will be a Judge given the seriousness and the crook's almost certain lengthy criminal history, directs him to make reparations from his benefits upon his release.
What are the odds that this low life is in public housing and receiving all possible benefits from the very society he seeks to abuse?
Until your moronic mention of public housing this post wasn't too bad. Fact is recidivists live in all types of accommodation and percentage wise is most likely to live in private rented, he did however commit the offence in a public house.

bigfella777 says...
1:31pm Tue 5 Feb 13

He left the taps running into the box the money was in to wash the prints, not as stupid as he looks

tommmmy555 says...
1:55pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Professional thieves don't need to know where the safe is, they already know where it will probably be. They enter a room, scan it quickly and take what they can, in this case he found a unlocked safe.

People like this will come into your house while you are in, nick all your stuff and be away before you notice.

Its all about them having the confidence to do it and being prepared to get lairy if confronted.

Hopefully this chap gets caught and gets a decent sentence.

ShakeyWiffles says...
2:42pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Love how you all seem to have opinions on how this happened! Just face it, you know nothing hence why this article was posted. Not for you to condemn the actions of people involved. Also, you've obviously never been inside the Rockstone judging by half of these comments.
Good luck to Max and Aimee getting justice on this! I know all too badly what it's like having a crime committed in your pub.

tommmmy555 says...
2:47pm Tue 5 Feb 13

ShakeyWiffles wrote:
Love how you all seem to have opinions on how this happened! Just face it, you know nothing hence why this article was posted. Not for you to condemn the actions of people involved. Also, you've obviously never been inside the Rockstone judging by half of these comments. Good luck to Max and Aimee getting justice on this! I know all too badly what it's like having a crime committed in your pub.
Well said.

chrisja says...
7:03pm Tue 5 Feb 13

If this was on Onslow road I'm guessing you won't need to look far!....

mr pops says...
7:08pm Tue 5 Feb 13

10 Minute Man wrote:
is he on the phone in that picture ? video time stamp+cell phone records = additional link to the crime if the police will follow up that part of the evidence.

Leaving the taps on is the part which annoys me most ! Destructive idiocy not just greed thievery.
Mabey the fool thought if I left the tap tuning it would wash his finger prints of the container

chrisja says...
7:10pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Am I the only one here wondering what the hell the point is of having CCTV at all if that's the best picture you're going to get? We're now in an age where HD CCTV camer heads can be purchased for less than 50 quid, if these idiots would've spent just a tiny bit of that 5 grand on a better security system we wouldn't be wasting our time reading this story!!

chunky_lover says...
7:34pm Tue 5 Feb 13

pushamara wrote:
Why would you leave the safe open with 5k in it?!
Exactly.

J.P.M says...
7:55pm Tue 5 Feb 13

I went in there when it was the bevois castle. There were a few dodgy ladies in there then.

Linesman says...
7:57pm Tue 5 Feb 13

userds5050 wrote:
MiddleOfRoad wrote:
This crook is done and dusted. Obviously a recidivist offender who will be well known to both Police and Prison authorities and probably Social Services.
It is just a matter of time before his collar is felt and he experiences deja vu when he steps into court to plead guilty to a raft of criminal charges. He will know it and will be debating whether to hand himself in or await the knock on the door.
I hope the Judge, and it will be a Judge given the seriousness and the crook's almost certain lengthy criminal history, directs him to make reparations from his benefits upon his release.
What are the odds that this low life is in public housing and receiving all possible benefits from the very society he seeks to abuse?
"recidivist offender." Is that tautology?
Tautology?

Is that school teachers do?

tommmmy555 says...
8:55pm Tue 5 Feb 13

chrisja wrote:
Am I the only one here wondering what the hell the point is of having CCTV at all if that's the best picture you're going to get? We're now in an age where HD CCTV camer heads can be purchased for less than 50 quid, if these idiots would've spent just a tiny bit of that 5 grand on a better security system we wouldn't be wasting our time reading this story!!
Are you stupid or just wilfully ignorant?

There is a VIDEO further down the article of the thief... by watching that you can clearly see it is actually fairly high quality.

The picture is a screen grab of a moving object (his face) which has also been zoomed in on, therefore producing a not amazingly clear image.

Putting in HD cameras would require terabytes of storage a day. If the govenrment can't afford that - then how can a freehold pub?

Read the article and watch the video before spouting off ill advised and smart arse comments.

J.P.M says...
9:08pm Tue 5 Feb 13

tommmmy555 wrote:
chrisja wrote:
Am I the only one here wondering what the hell the point is of having CCTV at all if that's the best picture you're going to get? We're now in an age where HD CCTV camer heads can be purchased for less than 50 quid, if these idiots would've spent just a tiny bit of that 5 grand on a better security system we wouldn't be wasting our time reading this story!!
Are you stupid or just wilfully ignorant?

There is a VIDEO further down the article of the thief... by watching that you can clearly see it is actually fairly high quality.

The picture is a screen grab of a moving object (his face) which has also been zoomed in on, therefore producing a not amazingly clear image.

Putting in HD cameras would require terabytes of storage a day. If the govenrment can't afford that - then how can a freehold pub?

Read the article and watch the video before spouting off ill advised and smart arse comments.
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOhhhhhh
!!!

tommmmy555 says...
9:18pm Tue 5 Feb 13

J.P.M wrote:
tommmmy555 wrote:
chrisja wrote:
Am I the only one here wondering what the hell the point is of having CCTV at all if that's the best picture you're going to get? We're now in an age where HD CCTV camer heads can be purchased for less than 50 quid, if these idiots would've spent just a tiny bit of that 5 grand on a better security system we wouldn't be wasting our time reading this story!!
Are you stupid or just wilfully ignorant?

There is a VIDEO further down the article of the thief... by watching that you can clearly see it is actually fairly high quality.

The picture is a screen grab of a moving object (his face) which has also been zoomed in on, therefore producing a not amazingly clear image.

Putting in HD cameras would require terabytes of storage a day. If the govenrment can't afford that - then how can a freehold pub?

Read the article and watch the video before spouting off ill advised and smart arse comments.
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOhhhhhh

!!!
Yes? Did you wish to partake in some form of conversation? Or merely act like a imbecile?

J.P.M says...
9:36pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Tommie - when will you attend spelling classes?

tommmmy555 says...
9:44pm Tue 5 Feb 13

J.P.M wrote:
Tommie - when will you attend spelling classes?
I will assume this is aimed at myself, despite you spelling my username incorrectly.

I have no need to attend spelling classes my good sir. My command of the English language is entirely sufficient to converse with ill mannered oiks like yourself.

It would be nice if you would like to provide a comment that is actually relevant to the article rather than a thinly disguised attempt at trolling.

Have a pleasant evening.

userds5050 says...
9:47pm Tue 5 Feb 13

ShakeyWiffles wrote:
Love how you all seem to have opinions on how this happened! Just face it, you know nothing hence why this article was posted. Not for you to condemn the actions of people involved. Also, you've obviously never been inside the Rockstone judging by half of these comments.
Good luck to Max and Aimee getting justice on this! I know all too badly what it's like having a crime committed in your pub.
We can condemn whoever we want thank you very much. Also, most of us were drinking in "The Rockstone" long before it was called that.

Munchausen says...
8:03am Wed 6 Feb 13

We are all used to see HD content @ ~26GB/120min, but this is with basic compression. A single "raw" BMP frame is close to 8MB, the image 24 per seconds for 120minutes ... between 1 and 1.5TB.

Norwegian Saint says...
8:09am Wed 6 Feb 13

Got to say, this does sound dodgy.
Makes me think of the fire at the pub in Lymington and we know how that turned out.
Something is afoot... and it's not twelve inches!

kingnotail says...
1:12pm Wed 6 Feb 13

userds5050 wrote:
ShakeyWiffles wrote:
Love how you all seem to have opinions on how this happened! Just face it, you know nothing hence why this article was posted. Not for you to condemn the actions of people involved. Also, you've obviously never been inside the Rockstone judging by half of these comments.
Good luck to Max and Aimee getting justice on this! I know all too badly what it's like having a crime committed in your pub.
We can condemn whoever we want thank you very much. Also, most of us were drinking in "The Rockstone" long before it was called that.
You mean before the new owners turned it from just another backwards stuck-in-the-1970s Southampton dive into somewhere actually quite nice?

Jojo12 says...
3:56pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Inside job?

userds5050 says...
9:09pm Wed 6 Feb 13

kingnotail wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
ShakeyWiffles wrote:
Love how you all seem to have opinions on how this happened! Just face it, you know nothing hence why this article was posted. Not for you to condemn the actions of people involved. Also, you've obviously never been inside the Rockstone judging by half of these comments.
Good luck to Max and Aimee getting justice on this! I know all too badly what it's like having a crime committed in your pub.
We can condemn whoever we want thank you very much. Also, most of us were drinking in "The Rockstone" long before it was called that.
You mean before the new owners turned it from just another backwards stuck-in-the-1970s Southampton dive into somewhere actually quite nice?
Yeah, cos it gets so busy in there a customer slips upstairs, cleans the safe out, floods the place and no notices...

wake up says...
11:53pm Wed 6 Feb 13

when is a safe not a safe ?

simaster says...
3:10pm Thu 7 Feb 13

wake up wrote:
when is a safe not a safe ?
when its a jar ;o)

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