Cheeky moment, masked and hooded “Eshays” steal carts full of alcohol from a busy bottle shop while disgusted customers and staff look on helplessly
- Brazen masked thieves steal alcohol carts from BWS in north Adelaide
- They fled the store with their loot while angry employees and customers looked on
- Footage shared on TikTok sparked a debate about whether they should have done more
- South Australian Police confirm they are investigating Saturday’s robbery
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Stunning footage has emerged of brazen thieves stealing liquor cases from a bottle shop while shocked customers look on in horror.
A manhunt was launched on Saturday for four masked men involved in a daylight raid at Springback Plaza BWS in Burton, north Adelaide.
Footage later shared on TikTok shows a group of men dressed like “Eshays” with hoodies over their heads stacking three carts of cartons of alcohol, including raspberry vodka cruisers, cider, whiskey and coke.
The thieves try to protect their faces as they run out of the store without paying for their expensive loot, despite protests from a female employee and disgusted customers.
The brazen thieves fled the BWS store with three shopping carts full of alcohol
“I hope you’re proud, boys!” shouts a man.
The video garnered nearly half a million views and almost 2,000 comments in just a few hours.
There was debate as to whether customers and employees should have stepped in and stopped them.
“In the first few seconds it was pretty obvious these people didn’t pay. Why was the door open?” commented one.
Another added: “Should have some sort of system that has a button behind the counter to lock the automatic sliding doors.
Others believed passers-by and staff made the right decision to let her go without putting themselves at risk.
“All the people saying, ‘How come nobody stopped them!?’ I’ve clearly never worked in a bottle,” one woman then argued:
Another added: “Let her go, not worth the risk. Karma will catch up with her.’
The men tried to shield their faces as they planned to escape the store
Some viewers poked fun at the thieves’ choice of spirits.
“Unprofessional, at least take the top shelf stuff,” commented one.
Another quipped: “Took the girliest drinks on the shelf.”
South Australia Police confirmed to Daily Mail Australia late Saturday that they were investigating the incident, which took place on Waterloo Corner Road just before 2pm.
“The four thieves loaded shopping carts with alcohol and made off without paying,” said a spokeswoman.
“No injuries were reported during the incident.
“The investigation into the theft is ongoing.
Online viewers are wondering why customers and staff didn’t do more to stop the thieves
Anyone who recognizes anyone in the vision or has information that could help identify the suspects is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The men wore shorts, sweatpants, puffy jackets, and other clothing associated with “Eshays.”
Traditionally, eshays have come from low-income neighborhoods, with the subculture emerging from Sydney’s inner-city graffiti scene in the 1980s.
Eshays are more mainstream now and are widely shared on social media.
An Eshay is easily recognized by athletic shoes worn with polo shirts, down jackets, sweatpants or baggy shorts, and baseball caps.
Police are now investigating the brazen theft in north Adelaide on Saturday
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