Now they aren’t only after your chips! Brazen seagull struts into shop and steals a CROISSANT

Now they aren’t only after your chips! Brazen seagull struts into shop and steals a CROISSANT

  • The seagull was caught on CCTV snatching a pastry from Late Stop 24 in Bangor
  • The bird, named by shop owner Bipin Chawla as Steven, has been spotted before
  • The cheeky gull has a routine of coming in between 6am and 7.30am, always for a croissant

Seagulls might well be known for stealing chips at the seaside but one crafty bird has turned into a part-time croissant thief.   

CCTV footage from Late Stop 24 in Bangor, Wales shows the fearless gull striding in and snatching the pastry packet with its beak before walking back out the front door.

But shop owner Bipin Chawla, 61, told MailOnline that this isn’t the first time he has spotted the cheeky seagull nipping in for a croissant off the bottom row shelf.

‘He’s been in quite a few times now. He’s actually got a bit of a routine, always between 6am and 7.30am.’

Mr Chawla sees the funny side to the thieving gull and took to social media to jokingly appeal for witnesses. 

The post said: ‘DO YOU RECOGNISE THIS THIEF?? Caught on camera TWICE yesterday stealing from the premises, he’s pushing his luck…

‘Somebody out there must recognise him… we have already been given the name Steven, but could be just a relation. Any info appreciated’.

Mr Chawla says he doesn’t mind the seagull coming into his shop because it has become quite normal, in fact he couldn’t remember how many times the seagull had been in.

The brazen seagull strides boldly into Late Stop 24 eyeing up the bottom row shelf for a croissant

The brazen seagull strides boldly into Late Stop 24 eyeing up the bottom row shelf for a croissant

Getting closer: The cheeky gull has been spotted regularly frequenting the shop which has been family run for 40 years

Getting closer: The cheeky gull has been spotted regularly frequenting the shop which has been family run for 40 years

The seagull, which has been named Steven by shop owner Bipin Chawla quickly grabs what he came in for

The seagull, which has been named Steven by shop owner Bipin Chawla quickly grabs what he came in for

Caught red-handed: Mr Chawla, 61, couldn't believe his eyes so he went back to check his CCTV cameras and found the evidence

Caught red-handed: Mr Chawla, 61, couldn’t believe his eyes so he went back to check his CCTV cameras and found the evidence

The seagull makes a run for it back out the door but has been coming in to the shop regularly in a routine fashion, usually between 6am and 7.30am

The seagull makes a run for it back out the door but has been coming in to the shop regularly in a routine fashion, usually between 6am and 7.30am

Late Stop 24 saw the funny side of the gull coming into their shop as they jokingly appealed for witnesses

Late Stop 24 saw the funny side of the gull coming into their shop as they jokingly appealed for witnesses

The brazen gull has also been back to the shop to steal another croissant since being caught red-handed on camera.

Bangor is not the only place in Wales that experiences issues with unruly seagulls of late. Last week Gareth Parry, from nearby Llanfairpwll, told North Wales Lives that the village is ‘living in fear’ following a spate of attacks over the summer that have left people needing hospital treatment.

‘If I could, I’d send my council tax to the seagulls because they own this village now. Something needs to be done, so many of us have complained to the council but nothing is being done,’ he said.

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