Wannabe thief in 12-hour attempted robbery at town centre venue

A businessman has been left in shock after he walked into his club only to be confronted by a wannabe thief, who spent 12-hours trying to burgle the place.

Liam O’Neil (left) just metres from the man armed with a hammer (right)

Liam O’Neil, who owns Quasar Swindon in Havlock Square, went into work at 1pm, on Monday 30 November, to find a “zombie-looking” man smashing up one of his arcade machines with a hammer.

Shockingly, the wannabe burglar spent nearly 12 hours watching DVDs, packing up items to steal, eating leftover food and drinking the club’s alcohol.

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“I arrived at Quasar this afternoon to start the clear-up operation after a private event. As I walked up the stairs, I was greeted by boxes of my stuff. It was all packed up and ready to go. In the boxes were the contents of a charity box, my trophies, framed gold records, and a number of bottles of spirits, among other things”, Liam told Swindon 24.

Some of the items packed ready to be stolen
Some of the items packed ready to be stolen

“When I got to the top of the stairs, I noticed the window was smashed in and the door was open ajar. I pulled the door open and there was a zombie-looking chap, with facial injuries, with his hands inside the roulette machine.

“I asked him what he was doing. He got up, mumbled something and pulled his trousers up. He had a hammer in his hand. Luckily I was already on the phone to the police.

“The police were here within a few minutes, but as he had a hammer, I didn’t want to take any risks and I let him leave.

“We watched the CCTV and found out that the man had broken in at about midnight, and spent 12 hours smashing things up, finding things to steal and eating leftover curry.

“He even had a little kip on the sofa. This may well have been Britain’s longest burglary – and he didn’t get away with anything, he just left me with £1000 worth of damage.

“I feel sorry for the guy, I should have offered him a cup of tea.

“I want to thank Wiltshire Police and inSwindon Street Team for their speedy response.”

The suspect wielding a hammer

A Wiltshire Police spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we attended these premises after getting a call from the victim at around 1pm yesterday.

“We believe this to be an isolated incident and are currently following up a number of leads in the local area and are analysing CCTV footage as part of our enquiries.”

A spokesperson for inSwindon BID said: “It is the role of our Street Team ambassadors to assist the town centre businesses and police when required.

“We were happy to to be able to support.”