Macintyre’s Big Sting

macintyre’s big sting: safe as houses
22.00–23.00

Returning to Five once more to catch another criminal red-handed, Donal MacIntyre springs his most elaborate sting to date. He and the team rig a remote house with 15 covert cameras and lie in wait for a thief who plans to break in to steal the keys to a rare Aston Martin parked on the drive. In a television first, the documentary sees Donal and his undercover team hide in the garage as a burglar cases out the house and makes his move – before Donal, dressed as 007, nabs him.

Stealing cars to order is big business in the criminal world – more than £500 million-worthof cars are stolen every year, with thieves willing to go to any lengths to ensure they get what they want. Known as stealing a car ‘on the key’, it has now become popular in the trade to break into a motorist’s home, just to get hold of car keys.

The burglar in this show has offered to steal a car for only £800, but he has no idea that instead of receiving money, he is about to fall victim to one of MacIntyre’s big stings. The house and garden are rigged with 15 cameras, and a surveillance team tracks the unsuspecting thief’s every move outside. Before the key is turned, Donal and the Big Sting team rush out from their hiding place in the garage and spring their surprise – inspiring the thief to pledge to give up his criminal ways.

When a laptop is stolen from another flat rigged with hidden cameras, two tracking devices stitched inside the lining of the laptop bag reveal the thief’s every move. As soon as the computer seems to have settled, Donal goes and gets it back – reminding its new ‘owner’ that goods without receipts may not be what they seem!

Elsewhere on tonight’s show, cheeky Liverpudlian Keith Wilson plants a bike containing a tracker in his garden shed and employs the services of a hidden ‘gnome cam’ to ensnare another unlucky crook. Kate McIntyre (no relation to Donal), meanwhile, learns about the latest technology used by British police in their ongoing fight against crime.

macintyre’s big sting: safe as houses

Returning to Five once more to catch another criminal red-handed, Donal MacIntyre springs his most elaborate sting to date. He and the team rig a remote house with 15 covert cameras and lie in wait for a thief who plans to break in to steal the keys to a rare Aston Martin car parked on the drive. In a television first, Donal and his team hide in the garage as their target cases out the house and makes his move – before Donal, dressed as 007, nabs him before he can get away.

Stealing cars to order is big business in the criminal world – more than £500 million-worth of cars are stolen every year and thieves will go to any lengths to ensure they get what they want. The burglar in this show has offered to steal a car for only £800, but he has no idea that instead of receiving money, he is about to fall victim to one of MacIntyre’s big stings.

Also in this show, the tables are turned on the trade in stolen goods, as MacIntyre catches out members of the public who unwittingly feather criminals’ pockets. When a laptop is stolen from another flat rigged with hidden cameras, tracking devices stitched inside the lining of the laptop bag reveal the thief’s every move. As soon as the computer seems to have settled, Donal goes and gets it back – reminding its new owner that goods without receipts may not be what they seem!

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