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Married father cries after being busted for stealing photographer’s equipment outside wedding hall

By Mason White 8:17 AM October 22, 2017
Tony and Robert Wallace
Tony and Robert Wallace
By: Alexis Bell

A man decided to take matters into his own hands when his son’s photography equipment was stolen.

Robert Wallace of Portsmouth, England, was paid to take photos at a wedding at St. Mary’s Church.

He was unloading his equipment from his car, but he was unable to carry all of the items into the church at once so he left some in his car for a few minutes.

When he returned, Robert found the window of his car smashed and £3,000 ($3,900) worth of his photography equipment was stolen.

Robert called his father Tony, 51, and together they called police to report the theft.

Tony said that police did not seem to take the crime seriously so he decided to take matters into his own hands.

Tony, who is a tattoo artist and sports many tattoos on his face and body, posted a message about the incident on his business Facebook page named Family Tattoo Portsmouth.

He asked people to share the post and urged anyone with information should call him.

It did not take long for people to call Tony with tips about the thief.

Less than 24 hours after the items were stolen, Tony went to the suspect’s home.

The suspect’s wife opened the door, The couple’s children were home at the time, but the suspect was hiding upstairs, according to Tony.

Tony said that he was very polite and told the woman that he wanted his son’s camera equipment back.

The woman promised to talk with her husband about it.

“Shortly after I left, I received a phone call from the man. He was crying and said that he was afraid that people were going to ‘get him,'” Tony explained.

The married father then told Tony that he left the stolen goods outside in a bin and instructed him how to find them.

Tony went to the location and found most of the stolen items. About £400 ($520) of equipment was still missing.

Tony is glad he was able to help his son by recovering most of the stolen equipment.

Tony believes that his tattooed appearance is what persuaded the thief to return his son’s equipment.

However, he insisted that despite his appearance, he a “big softie at heart.”

While most people applauded the father for his bold and brave actions, police were not very happy that he confronted the suspect on his own.

“We welcome the assistance for victims and other members of the public, but do not recommend anyone to confront potential suspects as this not only places you at further at risk but could also have a detrimental impact on our investigation,” police said.

After the incident, Tony thanked people for their help.

He wrote on Facebook: “Hi everyone. I know most of you know what happened over the weekend, but I wanted to say a massive thank you to my family and friends for all your help and kind words.

“Special thanks to some very lovely people who went that extra step. We will be forever in debt to you!

“Just shows how we come together as a community when there’s dirty little scum bags. Have a wonderful day folks.”