A SWIMMER has outwitted thieves at his local swimming baths by hiding his wallet and phone in his shoes.
Tom Booker, who claims to ‘know how criminals think’, cleverly avoids marauding gangs of robbers in the changing rooms of Friary Grange Leisure Centre in Lichfield by putting his valuables in the last place they would think to look.
He added: “Trouser pockets? They’d look there. Coat pockets? Nice attempt at misdirection, but these people aren’t fools.
“Just in my swim bag? You might as well just hand your stuff over to them. The police wouldn’t even bother to investigate. They’d blame me, and rightly so.
“But by slipping my phone and wallet into my shoes, each separately concealed by a sock, they’ll never be detected. Right down in the toe? Who’d check?
“Now I can do my lengths with peace of mind, knowing I’ve taken the necessary precautions.”
Booker then placed his clothes and shoes in a locker, secured it with a padlock, and went for a swim.