Quick-thinking jewelry store employees in Ontario, Canada were caught on tape fending off a gang of armed robbers by menacing the bumbling bunch with samurai swords.
The short-sighted heist began just after noon on Wednesday, when the robbers pulled up in an SUV to Ashok Jewellers in Mississauga and smashed a plate-glass window with a sledgehammer in an attempt to gain access, Peel Regional Police said, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
Amid the chaos, the three employees present at the store grabbed samurai swords to defend themselves. Meanwhile, the robbers, one of whom was armed with a handgun, tried to climb through the window, ABC reports.
Surveillance footage of the incident released by police shows the gunman trying to get into the store before he is rebuffed by an employee swinging a sword.
Arjun Kumar, the son of the store’s owner, said the gunslinger’s weapon jammed, giving the workers a chance to charge once more at the would-be robbers, ABC reports.
"I was willing to do anything to keep them out," Kumar said, according to ABC. "Even if it meant me getting shot, not a problem."
External surveillance footage shows the robbers, two of whom were dressed in blue jumpsuits and all wearing masks, mill about in confusion after being driven back by the sword-wielding employees, before bumbling their way into a black getaway SUV and peeling off.
In a statement to ABC, a local cop recommended against taking matters into one’s own hands, and asked store owners to emphasize safety over protecting their wares.
“At the end of the day, property is property,” Constable Danny Marttini said, according to ABC.
Police said that the investigation into the incident remains ongoing, according to Canadian outlet CTV News.
[Photo Credit: YouTube/Peel Regional Police]
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