Man Attempts “National Treasure” Theft Of Magna Carta
An American tourist from Louisiana has helped stop a hammer-wielding thief who failed to steal the Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral. The American was working in tandem with a church employee to prevent the thief from escaping.
The man from Louisiana has been named as Matthew Delcambre, told local press that he and his wife were sightseeing in the south west English city, when a man tried to shatter the glass which played house to the precious manuscript. His wife attempted to raise the alarm, while Matthew and other bystanders attempted to prevent the man from escaping.
The thief pushed past them, forcing Matthew to chase after him. He grabbed the mans arm near the yard gate and knocked the hammer out of his hand, an employee from the church then tackled the thief to the ground.
The 56 year old American was modest when interviewed, as he said: “It wasn’t me by myself. It was completely a group effort.”
The glass which housed the script was completed damaged following the impact from the hammer, but it is safe. Wiltshire Police said that a 45 year old man was released on bail as they investigated further.
Since news of this story has spread, Matthew has received a lot of credit from various people online. In fact, he credited his wife, Alexis as the most important person behind catching the thief, as she noticed him coming out of the bathroom looking menacing holding the hammer.
Matthew continued to share the credit, as he said: “The heroes are the staff employees of the cathedral who protected the document, helped catch the guy and helped retain him until the police got there.”
What a great effort from Matthew, not all heroes wear capes.
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