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Man hailed a hero after snatching laptop back from a thief in an Armadale JB Hi-Fi

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Heroic moment a buff gym-goer follows a thief out of a JB Hi-Fi store and snatches back a stolen laptop before returning it to grateful staff

  • Ryan Daly took back a laptop from a thief who stole it from an Armadale JB Hi-Fi 
  • The thief had left the store and walked off before security were called on Friday
  • Mr Daly followed the man and kicked him before returning to the store 

A man has been hailed as a hero after taking on a thief who walked out of a JB Hi-Fi store with a stolen laptop.

Ryan Daly snatched the stolen computer from the man who had shoved past the store’s security guard in Armadale, Perth, on Friday.

The thief – who was smoking a cigarette – attempted to steal it back, but was kicked several times by Mr Daly who then returned it safely to the shop.

Footage shared to Facebook shows Mr Daly, clad in a ‘Next Level’ singlet following the thief before snatching the laptop along with his bag.

One woman said the staff at the store had called security but the shopper responded: ‘Sorry mate, I’m stealing it. That’s just the way it is.’

A scuffle kicked off between the pair but Mr Daly came off victorious and was able to return the computer back to staff.

He was greeted with a round of applause as customers shouted ‘well done’ and one staff member said: ‘You’re a hero’.

Dianne Michelle who was with Mr Daly at the time told Daily Mail Australia everyone was impressed that someone was able to stop him.

Ryan Daly snatched the laptop from the thief after he walked out of a JB Hi-Fi store in Armadale last week

Ryan Daly snatched the laptop from the thief after he walked out of a JB Hi-Fi store in Armadale last week

The thief attempted to get the computer back but Mr Daly kicked him several times

The thief attempted to get the computer back but Mr Daly kicked him several times

‘I wish I got more of the reactions on video but everyone was quite happy and shocked that someone actually did something about it,’ Ms Michelle said.

She said staff at the store told her it wasn’t uncommon for people to try and steal things.

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‘Apparently it’s day in and day out, where people just simply walk out with unpaid goods,’ she said.

Ms Michelle said the pair struggled over the laptop but it was clear Mr Daly was going to win.

‘I don’t think he was scared but saw that he wasn’t going to win the fight, he just wanted his bag back. Ryan took his bag to teach him a lesson,’ she said. 

‘The staff were very thankful and are sick and tired of people taking things from the store.’

The video was flooded with comments with many praising Mr Daly. 

‘Well done mate, not to many people would want to take you on,’ one person wrote.

‘Great effort mate, they need to employ you as the security guard!’ another said.  

Ms Michelle said staff had alerted police. 

Mr Daly then returned the laptop to the store with staff hailing him as a 'hero'

Mr Daly then returned the laptop to the store with staff hailing him as a ‘hero’ 

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