A ROBBER dressed as a G4S guard walked out of a store with £14,000 takings — while the real security man was sat outside reading a paper.
Duped staff at Poundland became suspicious after handing over the cash.
They went outside to the waiting G4S van and told the driver: “We’ve just given the money to your mate.”
But the stunned security guard put down his newspaper and replied: “What mate?”
Cops reckon the robber had watched the G4S staff’s regular routine before “mocking up” a uniform — complete with crash helmet and body armour. A source said: “The real G4S guys often take a quick break when arriving in their security wagon. On this occasion the guy was reading a paper in the cab.
“The robber has been caught on CCTV appearing from the back of the van, as if he’d got out of the passenger seat.
“Staff had no reason to think he wasn’t a G4S man. He handed them two cash containers which they filled up.
“He then calmly walked out and disappeared. He must have been laughing his head off under his helmet.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to Thursday’s heist in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks.
It is the latest embarrassment for gaffe-prone G4S after its failure to provide 10,400 Olympic security staff. A spokeswoman said: “We’ll be working closely with Poundland and Warwickshire Police.”