A bungling thief was caught while sitting in the car he was attempting to steal — outside the home of the family he’d just burgled.
Police were called to an address in Hillbank, north Adelaide, at approximately 5:30am on Friday morning.
The family who notified the authorities said they’d caught an 18-year-old man trying to make off with their car.
He had allegedly broken into their house and stolen property including a wallet, electronics and clothing.
Two members of the family followed him outside and managed to detain him as he tried to steal the family vehicle, which he was seemingly unable to start.
They kept the teen there until police officers arrived and arrested him.
The suspect was charged with aggravated serious criminal trespass, theft and illegal interference.
He did not apply for bail and was due to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court later on Friday.
Earlier this year some other bungling criminals targeted a home in Adelaide which they wrongly believed belonged to a drug dealer in possession of a large quantity of cocaine.
They kicked down the door and pulled a man from his bed, beating him in the head with a wrench when he couldn’t tell them where the drugs were.
They even put a gun to his wife’s head and threatened to shoot her if he didn’t comply.
It turned out to be a case of mistaken identity — the man was no drug dealer but was in fact the recipient of a recent kidney transplant.
Maxwell Samuel Kaba, 19, and brothers Shaho and Peshtiwan Rezayi, 23 and 18, each pleaded guilty to a number of offences including aggravated serious criminal trespass, aggravated assault and aggravated theft.
Kaba was sentenced to three years, two months behind bars, with a non-parole period of one year, seven months.
Shaho Rezayi was jailed for three years, two months, with a non-parole period of one year, nine months, while his brother was handed a sentence of two years, 10 months, with a non-parole period of one year, four months.