A Polish news crew reporting live from outside an apartment complex in the north-eastern city of Łomża unwittingly captured some breaking news as their cameras inadvertently recorded a crime in progress.

As the reporter for 24-hour news channel TVN24 went on about two local parents accused of keeping their kids locked indoors for five years, a thief could be seen in the background stealing a bouquet of roses from a flower shop.

Two employees are then seen emerging from the store before quickly returning inside, presumably to phone the police.

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Andrzej Czapka was ultimately identified and apprehended, thanks in large part to his appearance on the news.

"I'd broken up with my girlfriend and I wanted to win her back with some flowers but I had no money," he is quoted as telling the police. "I didn't even see the film crew."

[H/T: HyperVocal]