A dozy burglar broke into a police officer’s house and then, to make matters worse climbed into bed and fell asleep.
Unsurprisingly the sleepy intruder has been arrested and has no doubt learned a valuable lesson about not napping on the job in future.
The disastrous crime caper took place on March 22 in the Nam Rorn sub-district of Wichianburi in Petchabun province in northeastern Thailand. Police sergeant Sakda Jiamprasert woke in the night up at around 2am and heard the air-conditioner running in his daughter’s room.
Remembering that his daughter had gone away for a few days, the copper went outside and peeked into her bedroom window.
There, Sakda saw would-be burglar Athip Kinkhunthot curled up in his daughter’s bed, with his housebreaking tools next to him.
Sakda immediately called for backup, but it wasn’t entirely necessary. Kinkhunthot, 22, had been fast asleep and was still pretty drowsy when the coppers woke him up.
Although Kinkhunthot hadn’t actually stolen anything, he was still arrested for criminal damage, as well as breaking and entering.
According to Thai news site The Nation the hapless crook told police that he had been prowling the neighbourhood for quite some time looking for a suitable target and had become very tired.
He broke into Officer Jiamprasert’s house but then decided to take a short break before ransacking the property.
Kinkhunthot turned on the aircon and settled down for a five-minute nap but the next thing he knew it was hours later and he was being rudely woken by the police.
Burglary is clearly tiring work. Back in October last year, Sunderland man Mark Cooper broke into a bar in the town, only to nod off part-way through the heist.
He was found asleep next to a half-eaten cheesecake but the bar’s till had been ransacked – suggesting that Cooper may have had accomplices who were a little more energetic.