Although ram-raiding here seems to have dropped off the domestic criminal agenda in favour of happy-slapping and serious firearms offences, c-store owners in the US have no such luck.

Florida resident John Herdmann was helping the police with their enquiries last month, having reportedly ploughed his SUV into a Marion Country c-store – before making off with the princely bounty of two packets of Trojan condoms, worth a combined $6.

Local retailers will surely now also be the feeling the need for some additional, ahem, protection.