Bad Santa! Moment thief in festive red trousers steals courier’s van full of Christmas presents – and almost mows down driver who tries to stop him
- A man wearing red trousers was filmed stealing a van in Pinxton, Derbyshire
- A courier delivering Christmas gifts parked his van before approaching a house
- While at the front door, the man jumps into the van and starts it up immediately
- The thief injures the courier who tried to stop the man stealing his van
Police are hunting a thief wearing red Santa-style trousers after he was caught on CCTV stealing a van full of Christmas parcels.
Footage shows the man wearing the distinctive festive trousers hiding behind a fence while a delivery driver dropped off parcels.
The crook is then seen running towards the delivery van when the driver’s back is turned.
Police in Derbyshire are searching for a man wearing bright red trousers after he caught on camera moments before stealing a van full of Christmas presents
The suspect hid behind a fence until the delivery driver had his back turned
The courier attempted to stop the suspect from stealing his Peugeot Partner van, pictured
The courier suffered minor injuries as the man drove off in his van. Police believe the courier left his keys in the vehicle while making a delivery to a near-by house
The driver tries to stop the thief but is forced to leap out of the way when the stolen Peugeot Partner van speeds towards him.
He suffered an injured foot during the theft which took place in the village of Pinxton, Derbyshire, at 3.20pm on November 25.
Derbyshire Police are warning couriers not to leave their keys in vans following a number of similar thefts.
A spokesperson said: ‘Investigations are ongoing and we would like to appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity around the time of these incidents, or with any information to contact us.
‘Officers are also warning couriers to be vigilant and to make sure they secure their vehicles when they leave them to make a delivery, no matter how long they expect to be.’