Man shoves live crabs down his trousers to steal them from restaurant

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A cheeky diner was caught on camera shoving live crabs down his trousers in a desperate bid to steal them from a seafood restaurant.

Police identified the brazen suspect only by his surname, Yao, and said he sneaked into the restaurant before it had even opened for lunch last week.

But CCTV footage captures the 58-year-old father-to-two reach into the water and nab five crabs.

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He places them into a black plastic bag and then shoves the lot down his trousers.

Police in Fujian, east China, arrested home hours later at his home. Yao told officers he thought the crabs looked pretty and wanted to keep them as pets.

But the furious restaurant owner had bought the crustaceans that day and planned to cook them later in the afternoon.

Pic shows: Man stuffing a crab down his pants This is the moment a man steals a handful of live crabs from a seafood restaurant and stuffs them down his trousers. The suspect surnamed Yao, 58, sneaked into the restaurant one afternoon before it had opened for lunch service and placed five crabs into a black plastic bag before hiding the lot between his legs. The man from Jinjiang city in East China???s Fujian province can be seen standing next to the business???s seafood pond and reaching in to steal the animals. Yao then returned home but was quickly arrested the same day, police said. Restaurant staff had just purchased the crabs in the morning and noticed them missing when preparing to cook them later in the afternoon, they added. Yao said he thought the crabs "looked pretty" and wanted to keep them as pets. He revealed that he had stolen six little crabs a set of tableware from the restaurant in January and was not caught, so he thought he could get away with it this time too. Yao, who has two adult sons, was previously arrested for theft in 2016 and 2017, local police said. The authorities have yet to announce what punishment Yao will receive.
The CCTV captured the man shove the live crabs down his trousers (Picture: Asia Wire)
Pic shows: Man stuffing a crab down his pants This is the moment a man steals a handful of live crabs from a seafood restaurant and stuffs them down his trousers. The suspect surnamed Yao, 58, sneaked into the restaurant one afternoon before it had opened for lunch service and placed five crabs into a black plastic bag before hiding the lot between his legs. The man from Jinjiang city in East China???s Fujian province can be seen standing next to the business???s seafood pond and reaching in to steal the animals. Yao then returned home but was quickly arrested the same day, police said. Restaurant staff had just purchased the crabs in the morning and noticed them missing when preparing to cook them later in the afternoon, they added. Yao said he thought the crabs "looked pretty" and wanted to keep them as pets. He revealed that he had stolen six little crabs a set of tableware from the restaurant in January and was not caught, so he thought he could get away with it this time too. Yao, who has two adult sons, was previously arrested for theft in 2016 and 2017, local police said. The authorities have yet to announce what punishment Yao will receive.
The suspect was arrested at his home later that day (Picture: Asia Wire)

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Incredibly, Yao confessed he had stolen six crabs and a set of cutlery from the same restaurant in January and, as he was not caught, he believed he would get away with the latest offence.

The dad was arrested for other thefts in 2016 and 2017.

It is unclear at this stage what punishment Yao, of Fujian, will receive.

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