An alleged thief drew inspiration from Hollywood when he broke out a signature pose from The Karate Kid before snatching someone's purse, according to police.
The man was spotted on surveillance video at a BP gas station in Swansea, South Carolina, striking the oh-so-familiar stance from the 1984 classic The Karate Kid, the movie which became synonymous with Karate in the United States and helped popularize the martial art.
Police tried to locate the karate aficionado with what they called a “unique ritual" that he used before he commited his larceny.
“As you’ll see in the screen shots this subject likes to perform Mr Miyagi’s Crane Technique made famous by Daniel LaRusso in the All Valley Under 18 Karate Championship,” the Swansea Police Department wrote in a Facebook post. The police department also added a few hilarious comments of their own: “Mr. Miyagi wouldn’t approve,” “Not the next Karate Kid” and “Don’t be ninjaing people that don’t need ninjaing.”
Authorities say they have now identified the man and warrants are forthcoming.
The signature move, called the crane kick, involves a one-legged karate stance which then launches into a flying jumping kick. The suspect, most definitely a die-hard fan of the classic movie, probably wanted to channel his inner Daniel La Russo to muster all the courage he needed for his theft and probaby ran back to his own Mr. Miyagi after his deed. In the film, the move is taught by the character Mr. Miyagi to Daniel LaRusso in the penultimate scene with his arch rival Johnny Lawrence.
Surprisingly enough, it's not the first time martial arts is used at a gas station. Last July, in Norwood, Massachussets, there was an almost completely different outcome when a crook trying to rob the station got much more than he bargained for. Cashier Ebrahim Gawargi, happened to be a martial arts student, and lost no time in defending himself and his place of business, Boston 25 News reported at the time. After beating up the bemused thief, Gawargi put him in a sleeper hold until police arrived.