London - The fashion-conscious owner of a burgled clothes shop said on Wednesday he helped to catch the man who robbed him after spotting the thief dressed in a criminally uncouth mix of stolen trousers and tops.
"I couldn't believe that this guy was wearing all the pinched stuff, with little thought of matching items with any real taste," said Neil Primett, who owns the Planet Clothing store in Bedford, a town in south-east England.
Primett, 36, was left dumbfounded when he spotted the man in a blue sleeveless T-shirt - ironically emblazoned with the logo "Criminal" - green trousers and a tracksuit top, just 36 hours after the shop was raided.
"I couldn't believe it, he was wearing such a mismatch," he said.
"Picture Rupert the Bear, green check trousers with elasticated bottoms, an electric blue sleeveless T-shirt carrying the word 'Criminal' and a tracksuit top," said the store owner, referring to the British comic book character.
"I always recognise clothes from my store because there are not many other places that sell them."
After spying the thief, Primett rang the police and then trailed him until officers arrived 20 minutes later.
A Bedford police spokesperson said a man had been released on bail until May 13 in connection with the burglary. - Sapa-AFP