The incident happened last Friday in Sutton Coldfield, in the West Midlands, the UK. Zoe, her husband and their kids were asleep inside the house when the wannabe thief came prowling. A community alert that had been sent out earlier that evening, warning of the presence of a car thief, had gone unnoticed by the couple, Zoe tells The Sun.
In the morning, she saw the alert and went straight to the window to check on their two cars, the Audi Q7 included. She was relieved to see them both there, in the driveway. However, minutes later, one of her boys came to her to tell her that a man was asleep at the wheel of the Audi. It was the same thief the neighbors had spotted the night before and, for whatever reason, he’d dozed off at the wheel. He did make sure, though, to load his pockets with everything he’d found inside, from headphones, money and CDs.
“We didn’t know whether to laugh or cry,” Zoe says. “It was scary to see the man who had broken in, but funny that he made himself comfy and dozed off.”
The owners’ predicament was whether to wake up the thief, unofficially dubbed Britain’s laziest thief, or just wait until police arrived. They opted for the latter, so that cops got the “honor” of giving him his morning greeting – no coffee, though. He seemed confused but recovered quickly, telling them that they couldn’t arrest him for theft because “I haven’t left with anything.” Accurate, but irrelevant.
He was still arrested and charged him with theft from a motor vehicle and vehicle interference.