Watch this exchange with Ford tank top-wearing Australian hero Daniel McConnell, who told breakfast TV show Today of his burglar chasing gallantry on Thursday morning.
McConnell was sleeping when he was awoken by his wife, who told him the shop next door to their house was being robbed. Being the hero he is, McConnell hopped out of bed with only his underwear on and confronted the thief who was making his escape.
“I’ve seen the bloke walking back to the car. And I said ‘what are you doing mate? Like you can’t be leaving the scene’,” he told the television program. “And he goes ‘don’t be a hero mate.’ I said, ‘I’m not trying to be a hero, but the police are coming!”
The thief made a getaway, but McConnell jumped in his car — still in his underwear — to chase him up the road, where he then told police where to find the assailant.
“All I had was me jocks on and I was chasing him up the street. And I was like, mate,” he said.
McConnell doesn’t feel like a hero, by the way. Chasing robbers in your underwear is just something that you’ve “got to do for the community.”
“You look after your mates, and your mates will look after you,” he said.