A would-be thief in Norway called the police for help after being trapped inside the car he was suspected of trying to steal on Christmas Eve.
Police in Trondheim, Norway’s third-largest city, said the 17-year-old was known to officers for past petty crimes.
In an interview with Norwegian broadcaster NRK, operations manager for the Trøndelag force, Ebbe Kimo, said the teenager called the police just before 8 am on Christmas Eve from inside a Volvo he had just broken into at a dealership.
“He couldn’t open the doors. He knows us quite well and clearly thought it would be OK to call us for help. A bit like calling a friend, really,” said Kimo.
Kimo added that the thief is “perhaps not the most knowledgeable car thief”. “On his previous attempts, he was at least able to get out of the car,” he said.
Police said via Twitter that officers hurried to the scene Monday “to get him out and into detention".
Kimmo also told VG newspaper the police planned on releasing the youth, who would be questioned before being sent home “to a hopefully warm Christmas celebration".