There was wrestling, hurled beer stubbies and a wooden stake driven through a door when three older men tried to arrest a gang of alleged thieves at a Melbourne bottle shop.
Mayhem erupted at the Doveton store on Friday night when five men of African appearance tried to leave with a bunch of bottles they hadn’t paid for.
In dramatic scenes captured by CCTV cameras, the attendant calls to his co-workers who come into the frame before things kick off.
The thieves try to flee and four got away.
But store manager Eddie Sewan, who is sick of his shop being targeted, manages to grab one of them with the help of a friend.
Sewan, 64, is a grandfather but he holds the alleged thief on the ground until the others return in a bid to free him.
The store workers then use signage and bottles to fight them off, piffing stubbies at the alleged robbers from the doorway.
As the older men hold the door closed, the gang find a wooden stake and stab it through the glass.
Just about everything that isn’t bolted down is used as either a weapon or battering tool during the clash. Shocked locals watched on.
Sawan said it was the third time the store’s been robbed and now they’ve “had enough”.
“We’re not going to let them get away with it. They’re going to come back and fight us and we’re going to fight back,” he said.
‘We’re going to teach them a lesson.’
“I’m not going to show them we’re not cowards. We show them we are strong, we’re here, we’re waiting for them.
“We’re going to teach them a lesson.”
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In the end after a lengthy struggle and thousands of dollars of damage the group get away with six bottles of wine and spirits.
They are still at large.
The shop has previously been robbed at knifepoint and months later a car slammed through the front door and thieves got away with alcohol and cigarettes.