Watch a shoplifter wedge a whole bloody chainsaw down his pants

video 08/04/2019

A California man has been caught on camera carrying out the riskiest shoplifting attempt of all-time.

He was browsing in a hardware store when he pulled a chainsaw off the shelves and stuck the whole bloody thing down his pants.

The middle-aged man uses his jacket to try and hide the unwieldy bulge, walks right on out of the store and leaves in a pick-up truck.

Owner Jeff Bennett told local media he'd been distracted by an accomplice, but had a feeling afterwards they were up to no good - so after they left, he checked the CCTV footage.

"It was frustrating - you feel embarrassed, you feel confused," he told ABC.

"You kind of wish if they applied themselves doing something good for humanity and for life, the same energy they apply to steal."

The chainsaw was worth US$400.