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Heartless thief steals GUITAR of a homeless peddler while the man sleeps in the storefront [Video]


This is the moment a heartless thief was caught by CCTV stealing a homeless man’s guitar while he was sleeping on the store’s doorstep.

The victim, known as Philip, 47, was sleeping soundly outside a perfume shop in Malvern Link, Worcestershire, when the crooks attacked at 11pm on April 17.

CCTV footage shows the man crawling over to Philip while he was wrapped in a blanket before stealing the guitar right next to his head.

Philip, who became homeless only recently, said: ‘When I woke up, it was gone. I woke up around 11:30 a.m. and the guitar was taken.

The victim, known only as Philip, 47, was sleeping soundly outside a perfume shop in Malvern Link, Worcestershire, when the crooks struck at 11pm on 17 April.

The victim, known only as Philip, 47, was sleeping soundly outside a perfume shop in Malvern Link, Worcestershire, when the crooks struck at 11pm on 17 April.

The victim, known only as Philip, 47, was sleeping soundly outside a perfume shop in Malvern Link, Worcestershire, when the crooks struck at 11pm on 17 April.

CCTV footage shows the man crawling over to Philip while he was wrapped in a blanket before stealing the guitar from right next to his head.

CCTV footage shows the man crawling over to Philip while he was wrapped in a blanket before stealing the guitar from right next to his head.

CCTV footage shows the man crawling over to Philip while he was wrapped in a blanket before stealing the guitar from right next to his head.

‘I’ve been going through a tough time and it’s made me feel worse, but I try not to let things affect me too much.

“I’ve become quite famous for performing in the area, so I don’t expect anyone to do something like that.”

Footage of the brazen theft has sparked outrage from community members after being shared on social media.

Many people have offered to replace Philip’s stolen acoustic guitar after it was retrieved from outside Fragrance House in the center of town.

Will Chammings writes: ‘I have a guitar and a power amp that he probably has. Hope you find someone who did it, some sad people around. ‘

And Emily Lewis wrote: ‘Does anyone have the homeless man’s contact details? I’m happy to buy him an acoustic guitar. ‘

Many have offered to replace Philip's stolen acoustic guitar after it was taken from outside Fragrance House in the center of town.

Many have offered to replace Philip's stolen acoustic guitar after it was taken from outside Fragrance House in the center of town.

Many have offered to replace Philip’s stolen acoustic guitar after it was taken from outside Fragrance House in the center of town.

A still image from the video was posted to the Malvern UK Messageboard Facebook page with the comment: ‘Does anyone recognize this man? He has tattoos on the back of both legs.

‘He thought it great to have stolen a homeless man’s only possession, the harp he used to bust, on Sunday night at 11pm outside Fragrance House in Malvern Link.’

Philip, originally from Cape Town, South Africa, thanked the public for the support and offered to replace the guitar, but said: ‘I really just need a decent guitar.

‘I don’t want to start stocking up on guitars or anything.

‘I’ve been getting messages from people who supply an electric guitar and amp, which is great, as well as some who supply me with acoustic guitars, which are probably better suited for what I need now.’

Footage shows the thief, wearing beige shorts and a black hoodie, bending over and clipping a guitar from the homeless man's head

Footage shows the thief, wearing beige shorts and a black hoodie, bending over and clipping a guitar from the homeless man's head

Footage shows the thief, wearing beige shorts and a black hoodie, bending over and clipping a guitar from the homeless man’s head

He added that he hopes his story will illuminate the hardships homeless people face, as well as the abuse many people on the streets face every day.

And he said: ‘I’m not a great guitarist but I like a guitar that’s right for the sound and people around here seem to like my stuff.

‘It’s a mid-range Yamaha that was stolen and that’s all I really have.. I couldn’t be without a guitar.

‘I couldn’t believe it when it was stolen, I don’t understand why someone would want to clamp a homeless person’s guitar.

‘If I get it back, I’ll hold a charity auction because so many people are giving me new guitars.

The thief then blatantly left as if nothing happened

The thief then blatantly left as if nothing happened

The thief then blatantly left as if nothing happened

‘I’m the kind of musician who just plays somewhere and the money goes. I love making other people have a good time.

‘I’m a confident guitarist, it’s my ability to sing and compose that attracts people more. I play a lot of my own material, to lift people’s spirits.

‘I’ve always wanted to add a little percussion to my side and I really just need a decent guitar.

‘I hope it at least raises awareness of the plight of people experiencing homelessness. No one should be homeless in a rich country like the UK.

‘When things like this happen it’s really disappointing but everyone’s support and kindness really shines through and lifts you up.

‘It’s a terrible thing to do but I won’t let people like this get to me.’



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