Wellington, Apr 8 (ANI): A serial panties thief was caught red-handed, all thanks to a Dunedin super sleuth.
Nick Reeves began keeping an overnight watch after hundreds of underwear started disappearing from his mother's and neighbours' lines in the suburb of Abbotsford this year, according to the Otago Daily Times.
Reeves spent a few nights watching the clothesline, which had been baited with panties from his mother's house, but he got no breakthrough.
The family even rigged up their own security system by stringing cotton thread around the perimeter of the property.
But, in a last ditch attempt to capture the thief, Reeves secreted himself in the rhododendron bush while his brother-in-law hid behind some nearby ferns.
And their determination paid off when they spotted a man taking items from a neighbour's washing line.
They yelled at him and he took off scattering panties around as he ran.
But they caught him after a kilometre chase and handed him over to police.
"He was pretty embarrassed," Stuff.co.nz quoted Reeves as saying. (ANI)