Fun video shows the moment a man’s attempt to rob a passerby on a Brooklyn street was thwarted because his shorts kept falling down.
Surveillance footage from the July 12 incident shows the thief and victim already engaged as the perpetrator throws the victim to the ground as he struggles to take some property from him.
But the thief struggles when his shorts fall below his knees as he fights the victim, who refuses to let go of his property.
The thief drags the victim – a 25-year-old man with no name – down the sidewalk as his shorts fall to his ankles and he falls onto the street, still clinging to the property he is trying to steal.
When he gets up, a few bystanders try to pull him off the victim.
The incident came as crime continues unabated in the Big Apple, where robberies have risen nearly 16 percent in the past month compared to the same period last year.
Police footage shows when a man tried to rob a victim on a Brooklyn street, but failed because his shorts kept falling down
Surveillance video of the July 12 incident shows the attempted thief and victim already engaged as the perpetrator throws the victim to the ground as he struggles to snatch some property from him
The thief collides as his shorts fall below his knees as he fights the victim, who refuses to let go of his property
The perpetrator eventually lets go of the man, then pulls up his pants and continues to chase the property for a short second before giving up and running in the opposite direction.
Police at the 72nd NYPD Police Department said the thief fled south in a white SUV.
The victim was transported by ambulance to NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn, where he was treated for cuts to the back, elbows and knees, but is in stable condition.
When he stands up, some bystanders try to pull him off the victim, who was identified as a 25-year-old man
The attempted thief pulls up his pants and continues to chase the property for a short second before giving up and running in the opposite direction
The attempted robbery is the latest in a string of crimes that have left many New Yorkers concerned that the city is slipping back into the dark days of the 1970s and 1980s when it was nicknamed the “Fear City.”
In the 1970s, the city was in debt of $10 billion and cut its police and other services.
Data from the NYPD shows that the number of shootings rose 28.9 percent in 2021 compared to last year’s July 11, the most recent data. In 2021 there were 803 shooting incidents compared to 623 in 2020.
The number of attacks has also risen this year, with 11,550 crimes reported as of July 18 – a 5.9 percent increase from the same period the year before.
The number of rapes is up 2.8 percent so far this year, with 778 reported in the year to July 18, compared to 757 in the same period of 2020.
Other sex crimes are up 24.3 percent this year to 2,489, compared to 2,002 last year, according to statistics from the NYPD.
The number of shootings, meanwhile, is up 21.9 percent in 2021 compared to last year on July 18, the most recent data, with 840 shootings in 2021 compared to 689 in 2020.
There are also 16 percent more shooting victims this year, the data shows, with 981 people falling prey to gun violence compared to 846 last year.
And the homicide rate rose from 233 to 226 over the same period — a 3.1 percent increase, while rape cases are up 2.8 percent and other sex crimes up a whopping 24.3 percent.
According to data from the NYPD, crime rates have risen across the city, with a 5.9 percent increase in crime compared to last year