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Shoplifter pays after CCTV shown on Facebook

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Media captionSweet-toothed shoplifter returns to pay after CCTV footage shared online.

A shoplifter has returned to a sweet shop to pay for what was taken after CCTV footage of the theft was shared online.

The video, posted on Facebook by Linzi Marie Cake Supplies and Confectionary in Leighton Buzzard , shows a family of four stealing about £25 worth of goods.

It was viewed 114,000 times and got 2,500 shares.

Ms Marie said a man returned, "gave a lot of excuses" about why it happened and then paid for the goods.

Image copyright Linzi Marie Cake Supplies and Confectionary
Image caption Linzi Marie said it was "unbelievable to watch the family and the children just brazenly take what they wanted"
Image caption The shopkeeper said the family stole "an array of goods" from her High Street shop in less than two minutes

The shopkeeper said the family, including two young children, stole "an array of goods" from her High Street shop on 12 September in less than two minutes while she was busy serving other customers but she did not realise until later in the day.

"They even took a whole jar of lollies," she said.

"It wasn't until later on when somebody came in and asked for the lollies that we realised the whole jar had gone.

"We looked back on the CCTV and realised it had happened that morning... It was unbelievable to watch the family and the children just brazenly take what they wanted."

'Put on spot'

She reported the theft to police and put video of the footage on Facebook the next day.

It shows the man putting chocolate bars in his pocket and a woman placing goods down her top.

"The perpetrator obviously must have seen it and a few days later he came back in," she said.

"I wouldn't say he apologised, he didn't stop talking. He gave us a lot of excuses about why it had happened and offered to pay for the goods that had been taken.

"I was a bit put on the spot and a bit nervous to be honest because I didn't expect it, but he did pay and it was a happy ending in the end."

Bedfordshire Police said the theft was reported and was being investigated.

Image caption The perpetrator came back to the shop a few days later

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