An attempted robbery suspect was seen running from an e-cigarette shop in Colorado with his pants falling down in what police are calling a botched robbery.
Security camera footage shows a man walking into the store on Sept. 2 and attempting to take out what police later said was a replica handgun. But it ends up flying over the counter instead.
When the robber entered the store at 5:30 p.m. and pulled out what appeared to be a long-barreled hand gun, he immediately fumbled it across the counter. The gun fell to the feet of the store clerk, who picked it up.
Video captures the surprise on the suspect’s face as the gun makes its way over the counter. The suspect attempts to climb over the counter, before appearing to change his mind. He runs back out the door. He is then seen losing his pants before going off screen. The clerk then goes to the door and appears to lock it.
Police released the video in hopes of identifying the suspect and arresting him.
The owner of the store told the Denver Post he was surprised by the footage.
“I don’t want to downplay the seriousness of an armed robbery, but the guy really does belong in the ‘world’s dumbest criminals,’” Chris Burgess said. “He needs to find a new career.”
He added store policy is to give suspected armed robbers “whatever they want.” He said in this situation, the clerk reacted appropriately.
Officers obtained the replica gun in question and say they’re hoping to obtain fingerprints from it to help in the investigation.