Police Charged Victim Instead of Thief For Crime
If you ever catch a thief, think twice before turning them in. The police now seem to prefer arresting victims instead of thieves.
Case study: A self confessed thief got off with a simple caution while his employer faced false imprisonment charges. Simon Cremer, a local carpet fitting firm owner, discovered that an employee, Mark Gilbert, stole a company cheque from him. Gilbert, 39, then cashed it for holiday spending money. When Cremer and his staff caught the 39 year old thief, they paraded him down public streets to the police station. Hanging a cardboard sign around his neck that read: ‘THIEF. I stole £845. Am on my way to police station', he was marched down the street, akin to stock from medieval times.
In an ironic twist of 'law', the police not only let Gilbert off with a caution despite forging a company cheque, but charges were made the same day to Cremer for false imprisonment. Gilbert says that even he was surprised when his boss was arrested. Gilbert is now planning to sue his former boss for "humiliation and upset"... after being disowned by his family.
Like handing out free flip flops to drunk women, this case clearly illustrates where the police are placing their priorities. Whitehall statistics revealed that tens of thousands of serious criminals, including rapists and paedophiles, are receiving only a caution, and the number of criminals actually going to jail is at a ten year low. I wonder why that is.