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Robbery Scuppered When Men Steal Car Keys To Getaway Vehicle

23/01/2016 14:53 GMT | Updated 23/01/2016 15:59 GMT

Warning: Some strong language

When two men accidentally stumbled upon a robbery in progress, they couldn’t let the perpetrators get away - so they foiled their getaway in one simple step.

James Ross-Munro and Kane Wiblen were approaching an Oporto restaurant on Australia’s Gold Coast when they noticed a white car parked outside with no number plates.

Realising what was happening, Ross-Munro reached in and grabbed the key from the vehicle’s ignition while the thieves were still inside the building.

While Wiblen called to nearby people to called the police, the suspects reemerged and tried to get into the car, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

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Ross-Munro posted on Facebook: “They ran inside so I took their keys out of the ignition.

“When the driver [came] back to the car he realised his keys were missing, the passenger jumped in and I managed to land a few punches on the putrid scum’s face.”

The thieves made a getaway on foot instead and although the unlikely pair of heroes chased them, they managed to escape.

The Gold Coast Bulletin said that police confirmed the robbery.

A 23-year-old is currently in custody but they are continuing to appeal for information.