Is this the most ridiculous art theft ever? Blatant thieves make a song and dance before making off with three pictures – of historic Hull
These three thieves look like they are trying to pull off the most elaborate art heist ever…in a Hull taxi office.
The troublesome trio act as if they are stealing the Mona Lisa from the Louvre – but they’re actually nicking three old photographs of Hull city centre from a taxi rank.
In the footage from the early hours of Monday November 3, one of the men and the woman are seen taking pictures of the wall and attempting to stuff them under their clothes – completely ignoring two plasma screen TVs hanging on the wall next to the photographs.
A second man – wearing a 118 118-style bandana – tries to block the CCTV camera’s view by reading a newspaper – and even starts DANCING in front of CCTV cameras in a bid to hide his friends theft attempts.
Finally, the blatant thieves leave with very rigid backs and the corner of the pictures sticking out of their tops in a taxi from 65 Cars.
Managing director, Mark Fleming, is offering a £50 reward for anyone who can help identify the three people in the footage.
Mr Fleming said: “A guy in a red baseball cap kept the operator busy while the girl in the images can be seen taking the first picture down and then stuck it up her coat.
“A chap in a red gilet then took another picture down and put it under his coat.
“The thing is, we really try hard to promote Hull.
“We went to extra lengths to get these images of Hull they were old pictures of Princes Avenue when it was a station.
“We worked with a local historian and it is going to cost me a couple of hundred pounds to have them replaced.”
Completely ignoring the expensive TVs in the office, the three only picked up three pictures of Hull in the 1800s.
In an attempt to divert attention away from the crime, one of the men starts to do a comical dance in front of his female accomplice.
The taxi office has recently undergone a £100,000 transformation and Mark has contacted Humberside police to help catch the three.
Mark said: “We wanted the office to look nice for our customers.
“The idea was that they had something interesting and nice to look at while they wait for their taxi.
“We have spent £100,000 renovating the office and making it a nice, comfortable environment for customers.
“We are extremely busy on a weekend and wanted somewhere nice for our customers to wait before we take them home.
“What’s happened has really annoyed me and I hope those responsible are caught.”
Police confirmed they are investigating the theft of three pictures from the taxi office.
A force spokesman said: “Humberside Police are investigating following a theft of three pictures from a taxi office in Princes Avenue, Hull, between 3.02am and 3.10am on Monday, November 4.
“A woman and two men entered the taxi office.
“While the receptionist was distracted, the woman removed three pictures from the wall in the office and, with the help of one of the men, concealed the pictures.
“The three people then got a taxi.
“Enquiries are still on-going in relation to the incident.”