‘Epic ninja jump’ by owner foils alleged car thief at Darwin fuel stop
13 January 2016
A driver has performed an “epic ninja jump” through the window of his moving car as an alleged thief tried to steal it from a Darwin petrol station.
Video of the November incident, released by NT Police, shows the car’s owner walking to pay at the Malak service station in Darwin’s northern suburbs.
As he does so, a person is seen emerging from the shadows, getting in the car and starting to drive off.
The owner is then seen running back to the car and launching himself feet-first through the passenger-side window as the car edges forward.
The owner fails in his first attempt at getting into the vehicle, but tries again and succeeds, as the alleged thief jumps out and runs off.
Northern Territory Police said they had now released the CCTV in a bid to locate 24-year-old Timothy Slater, who they allege was responsible for the botched attempt.
“Police are calling on the public for information [regarding his] whereabouts,” Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Bland said.
Police said Mr Slater was wanted for a string of alleged offences including aggravated assault, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and stealing.
“Timothy is described as being of Indigenous appearance, 170 centimetres tall and of medium build with black hair,” Snr Sgt Bland said.
“Police urge members of the public to not approach Timothy, but to report all information to them.”
The video of the alleged theft — and the car owner’s jump — quickly drew comments on social media.
“The guy who’s car it was … you should look for him because he seems to be a secret agent or something! Never seen that in real life, lol,” posted Chad Oliver on Facebook.
“Epic ninja jump into the passenger window, whoever that is. Mint as,” wrote Nathan Land.
Jake Bubba McMillan had this advice for police.
“You guys should be recruiting the owner of that car, that video’s a resume, hahahaha.”
Extracted in full from ABC News.