Take a look at this:
The Sun Online wrote:A THIEF made the biggest mistake of his criminal life when he nicked a laptop — because it belongs to super-tough SAS veteran Andy McNab.
The Bravo Two Zero hero has years of experience of tracking the most elusive and dangerous enemies — and wants his computer back.
The small-time crook would probably never have dared smash the window of McNab’s Audi Q7 to reach the laptop if he had known who the owner was.
McNab, 47, had popped into a West London newsagents to buy The Sun when the thief attacked his motor and two others.
The culprit will be sweating when he finds the man he targeted is a trained killer who served ten years in the crack SAS — motto Who Dares Wins.
But McNab, now a best-selling author, today pens an open letter to the thief. He urges him to turn his back on crime and do something that takes REAL guts — like becoming a soldier. He writes:
If you get caught, and I hope you do, don’t start whining to your probation officer that you had a bad start in life and that’s why you turned to crime. Because it simply isn’t true.
You stole from those cars because you can’t be bothered to go out and earn.
I grew up on a South London housing estate after being fostered because my parents abandoned me.
I lived off free school dinners, my clothes were from Oxfam and I slept on the settee. I went to juvenile detention for thieving, thinking I was smart and dead hard, no doubt like you have done.
But you know what? I wasn’t smart at all — and nor are you.
Yob Britain is not a new fear, and I am not the first to turn the spotlight on the issue. As a teenager I was part of the issue.
When I was caught thieving, I learned quickly that I forfeited the right to equal treatment. I had ignored the chances I’d been given and no one owed me anything. The only way I was going to get myself out of this situation was to change.
So I did. At 16 years old I got out of detention and became a solider in the infantry. I had a great time, got some self-respect and earned money too.
I also lost close friends in combat and saw men taken to the brink. But for once, I felt I was doing something real with my life.
There are young men and women fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just like you, they went to school and were offered an education. Just like you, many come from housing estates or maybe poor families but they aren’t out there robbing people.
So why do you behave so differently from them? You and your mates have been offered a chance to do something with your lives.
You had the chance to play sport or take part in community events and do something worthwhile. So why didn’t you take those chances? Why did you decide to attack and steal instead?
In your own little areas I’m sure you feel like kings, acting in packs and taking whatever you want. But you wouldn’t last two minutes on your own out of your element.
Imagine what it’s like on the frontline right now. That’s where the real men and women are. Imagine being constantly hated and under attack from forces who literally want you dead.
Imagine waking up and wondering if today is the day you get shot. Imagine not seeing your families or girlfriends for months.
Imagine not being able to share a pint with your mates on a Saturday while watching the footie.
You may think you are tough when you back an old lady into a corner as she leaves the post office with her pension. Picking out a single mother to rob might make you feel big. But the chances are you would wet yourself if you ever had an AK-47 shoved in your face by one of the Taliban. You’d probably cry for your mum if a suicide bomber drove his car towards your Land Rover at 60mph.
This is the life of a soldier. But these guys are not from a different planet. You grew up with them. They are from the same towns, estates, streets as you.
You may not have known your fathers, you may not come from big houses or fancy schools.
You may have grown up in a run-down inner city estate with older criminals all around you. But guess what — so did half of the British Army. They made a difference in their lives. So why don’t you?
Scotland Yard last night appealed for anyone with information about the theft to contact police.
A detective on the case added: “I just hope we catch this chancer before Andy does.”
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