A man in Poland posed as a mannequin to steal jewelry | ET REALITY


In the window of a Warsaw store was what at first glance appeared to be a mannequin wearing a mustard-colored sweatshirt.

Only it wasn’t a mannequin, but a 22-year-old man. He stood motionless, arm outstretched holding a shopping bag, next to two real mannequins in jeans. Once the store closed, the man sprang into action and stole jewelry, according to Warsaw police.

In a separate incident, police said, after the mall closed, he ate at one of the bars, changed into new clothes and then escaped through the store’s partially open door. Later, she returned to the bar for a second meal.

It will probably be your last meal at the mall for a while. Police arrested the man and charged him with theft and robbery. said in a statement On Wednesday. The statement did not specify when the incidents occurred.

The saga of the man posing as a mannequin adds to the list of creative strategies that criminals have used to try to evade detection.

A botched bank robbery in 1995 that involved using lemon juice as a disguise It inspired David Dunning, then a Cornell social psychology professor, and Justin Kruger, a graduate student at the time, to coin the Dunning-Kruger effect. According to his theory, our incompetence masks the ability to recognize our own incompetence. The theory generally refers to the inability to detect one’s own low expertise in a subject area, but can also apply to specific errors.

Professor Dunning said the man caught posing as a mannequin exemplified the theory as he was aware of the risks he faced, including the fact that security cameras could capture his every move in real time. “If people choose a course of action, they believe it will work,” he said in an email. “Of course, that’s not always the case.”

Suspect in Warsaw faces up to 10 years in prison. He was also accused of committing burglaries and robberies at another location, police said.

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