Purse-snatching scooter rider crashes into wall in botched getaway

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This is the stunning moment a brazen scooter-riding thief foils his own getaway by crashing into a wall.

CCTV footage recorded on Tuesday at a petrol station in the Chinese province of Jiangxi shows the alleged thief reaching into a woman's car while she is busy filling it with fuel, before removing what appears to be her purse.

The crook then gets on his scooter to make his escape, but is startled by an attendant who runs out after him, and drives directly into a wall.

The woman who owned the purse only seems to realise what has happened after the crash, and runs over to the thief to reclaim her possessions as a crowd gathers.

The injured man was taken to hospital following the crash, and police are reportedly investigating the incident.