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Hero Manager Locked Burglars in His Store and Then Stood Outside and Laughed

It wasn't long before an audience of bystanders formed to watch as the two robbers frantically tried to escape, even pleading with the crowd for help.

by Spencer Fox
Aug 19 2016, 5:05pm

Thumbnail photo of a different Boost Mobile store via Flickr user Mike Mozart

What's the criminal equivalent of that "crowded high school cafeteria wearing nothing but my underpants" stress dream? Probably something similar to what happened on Wednesday in Patterson, New Jersey, NBC reports.

It was supposed to be your textbook stick up: bust into a Boost Mobile store, gut the place for every smartphone in sight, and ride off into the sunset like you're Rihanna in the upcoming Ocean's Eleven reboot.

These armed guys, though, hardly made it through the phone store's door before the whole thing fell apart. After the guys pulled a gun, genius manager Tony Torrez fled through a back exit and cleared the other employees out. He then quickly locked the store's front and back gates, trapping the criminals inside the store. It wasn't long before an audience of bystanders formed to watch in awe as the two robbers frantically tried to escape, even pleading with the crowd for help.

Sadly, the ordeal did not end as one would have hoped—with the two men being escorted off the premises and into police custody, and Torrez being awarded the key to the city along with a comically large bottle of champagne. Torrez called 911 a whopping five times as the crooks rattled inside their Boost Mobile cage, but the police were too slow to respond. By the time cops arrived at the scene 20 minutes late, the criminals had been able to find a toolbox, jimmy open the back door, and escape.

According to NBC, the police department has since launched an internal investigation into why the cops couldn't manage to catch a couple of criminals who were literally already locked up. Torrez, on the other hand, is probably gearing up for a pretty significant pay raise.

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