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The have-a go-heroes who foiled brazen thieves who allegedly loaded a car with stolen goods are 'crime fighters' who tackled the shoplifters while on their lunch break.
A team from TM-Eye, a private investigating force of former police detectives, said they waited more than half an hour for police to arrive after they took down the thieves.
Dramatic footage captured the moment the gang was tackled as they 'tried to make off with electrical goods worth more than £3,000'.
The men were seen throwing items in a shopping trolley into a car in a Tesco car park in Waltham Abbey, Essex.
In the video, which was filmed yesterday, three men, who were allegedly shoplifting, quickly jump into their black Volkswagen Polo as another group run towards the vehicle.
The video shows the alleged shoplifters loading a black VW Golf with goods seemingly shoplifted from the store
Police arrived on the scene later and arrested two of the men, aged 17 and 27, on suspicion of theft
Luckily, a group of have-a-go heroes seemed to intervene and stop the daylight robbery
A security guard (pictured) can be seen trying to open the boot of the car to get to the allegedly stolen goods
As they try to drive away, the men who surrounded the car manage to open the door and try to drag the alleged thieves out.
A security guard can also be seen attempting to open the boot and shocked witnesses are heard saying 'call the police'.
Then a struggle ensues as the apparent shoplifters are forced to the ground and restrained by the have-a-go heroes.
One of the alleged thieves tries to headbutt one of the men and ends up falling on the ground.
Some of the vigilantes can be heard screaming 'stop resisting' as they try to restrain the alleged crooks.
An old man and his dog even get involved in the scuffle, trying his best to thwart the attempted robbery.
The heroic team's CEO David McKelvey told The Sun his crew 'saw what was happening and had just done the training so they intervened and detained two of the suspects.'
He added: 'The third suspect managed to get away. It was just a case of the right place, right time for our team. It was just happening directly in front of them. This isn't even an area that we police.'
Police arrived on the scene later and arrested two of the men, aged 17 and 27, on suspicion of theft.
They have been released on conditional bail and have been banned from the Tesco store.
They had reportedly stolen £4,000 worth of goods from another Tesco in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, hours earlier.
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Blakesley, of the Local Policing Area, said: 'We're acutely aware of the impact theft has on our businesses and we work extremely hard, first and foremost, to respond to incidents when they happen and make arrests and,