Food & Travel

Nov 2, 2012

Man, they should have ran! Removalists taken for burglars

Removalists detained ... for removing possessions. Crikey intern Yolanda Redrup interviews the boss of the two workers accidentally taken for burglars in Melbourne yesterday.

So what do you do if you see some removalists, in removalists’ t-shirts, loading goods into a clearly marked removalists’ van? Why, you call the police of course! These burglars must be stopped.

This happened to workers from the company Man With a Van in Melbourne yesterday — and company director Tim Bishop is not impressed that Victoria Police pulled guns on his innocent young workers, pinned them to the ground and cuffed them.

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7 thoughts on “Man, they should have ran! Removalists taken for burglars

  1. klewso

    They’re lucky they weren’t shot for good measure.

  2. Andrew McMillen

    This is concerning. Thanks for reporting, Crikey.

  3. Maybury James

    Surely it should be: “they should have run!”
    not “ran”?

  4. mikeb

    Hmm – I can understand the neighbours concern but have the Vic Police been watching too much American TV? Since when do you pull a gun and cuff people without asking a few questions first? If they aren’t resisting tyhen just take the keys.

  5. Peter Calder

    Ok hang on a minute.

    The owner of the property was away on holidays and had someone house sitting… this means that the customer was the house sitter? If you’re house sitting, you don’t go moving stuff out. You live there with the stuff that’s in the house.

    This potentially means that the house sitter _was_ ripping the joint off, and the Man In A Van boys were just pawns.

    If that’s the case, fair call getting the cops involved, but it’s NOT acceptable to pull firearms on two unarmed guys who were just doing their job.

    I say haul the uniformed cops before a disciplinary tribunal, and have this noted in their service record. We don’t live in the US. That style of policing is not appropriate. Yet. There is still a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, is there not?

  6. Were Rat

    Pretty daft. Problem is when you pull out a gun occasionally things go wrong and someone ends up dead. Wise cops know to ask questions first.

  7. bruce cantieni

    Lucky the removalists did not meet the same group of sadistic cops the Brazilian student met. Ten police surround the victem empty 2 and 1/2 half cans of capsican on a handcuffed victen then repeatably zap him till he dies

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