Israeli suspected of stealing Addidas, Nike goods loses footrace to police

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An Israeli man accused of stealing Addidas and Nike sportswear from Big C Extra couldn’t outrun a police volunteer, who collared him a few blocks away.

Or Balila, 22, was arrested after midnight Feb. 10 outside the 69 Club on Third Road carrying a Big C Extra bag containing 28 pairs of socks, Nike and Addidas shirts, and Addidas shorts.

Balila does his best Bart Simpson impression, “I didn’t do it!” Balila does his best Bart Simpson impression, “I didn’t do it!”

Running shoes, however, might have served the accused thief better, as he was spotted running out of the store, a security guard screaming for help behind him. Pattaya Police Volunteer Vinai Sophan, 24, gave pursuit, running more than three blocks before catching the winded Hebrew.

Despite the luggage, Balila denied the theft charges and police threw him into jail as they look more closely into his immigration paperwork.