A thief took a good dose of karma when he fell into an exposed drain after trying to steal the manhole cover.
The incident was filmed by spectators in the city of Medellin in the northwestern Colombian department of Antioquia.
The clip shows the man lifting the manhole cover before a motorcyclist comes riding next to him and asks him what he is doing.
The thief then lifts the metal object above his head, but loses his grip and plunges into the hole.
Applause can be heard from those who watch as the red-faced man scrambles back to street level.
He then stumbles away from visible pain and leaves the manhole cover behind.
The video quickly went viral after it was posted online and drew a lot of comments.
One viewer wrote, “Karma is beautiful.”
Another said, “That’s the reason I don’t steal anything, because I would probably be like the thief in this video!”
According to Infobae, the theft of manhole covers, which can be sold as scrap, is a real problem for many cities in Colombia.
Triple A, the company that manages the sewerage, said that in the first semester of the year, 103 manhole covers were stolen in the city of Barranquilla.
The company said they had to invest 20 million COP (£ 4,140) to replace the stolen covers as open drains are dangerous to road users.
In 2019, 3,500 covers were stolen in Bogota and 4,500 in Ibagué.
It comes after another thief immediately took on karma when he tried to rob a bus, but eventually got beat up and stripped naked.