Man Drives Tank Into Store, Steals Bottle of Wine

Witnesses note he seemed drunk
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2018 7:29 PM CST
Man Drives Tank Into Store, Steals Bottle of Wine
An armored personnel carrier sits next to a shop window it crashed into in Apatity, Murmansk region on the Arctic Kola Peninsula, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.   (Hibinform/Photo via AP)

On Wednesday morning in a Russian town just south of the Arctic Circle, a tank rumbled through the snowy streets before crashing into a convenience store, the Independent reports. Reuters notes that witnesses at the scene "did not seem particularly disturbed by the incident." It all started when a man in his late-20s, who witnesses would later say seemed drunk, stole an armored personnel carrier from a military driving school, the Guardian reports. The man drove the tank through a forest and into the town of Apatity.

Unable to turn around in a narrow street and having crushed a car parked nearby, the man rammed the tank into the front of a convenience store. He then climbed out of the vehicle's hatch, looked at the destruction, and clambered into the store, where he apparently stole a bottle of wine. The Independent notes "the shop was not licensed to sell alcohol that early in the morning." The man was arrested without incident. “Basically some guy stole an armored vehicle... and went into a shop to top up his stocks in the morning,” Reuters quotes a man on social media as narrating while filming the situation. (Read more tanks stories.)

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