A South London man is up in court - for stealing his own barrister's phone.
Bobby Heath, 25, was up on charges of on charges of cannabis possession and driving without insurance at Bexley Magistrates' Court on May 1. He was found guilty, and fined £165 with costs of £170. His driving licence was also endorsed with six points.
He was discussing how to pay the fine with his barrister, Charlotte Johnson, when she returned to the court room, leaving her £300 Samsung smartphone lying on a windowsill along with her case notes. When she returned, the phone was gone.
Scotland Yard's @MPSBexley account tweeted news of the charge, to which Heath is pleading not guilty. As another Twitter user noted, "He's not heard the expression 'don't bite the hand that feeds you' then?"
Ms Johnson clearly won't be defending him this time.
It's not the first time that a thief has picked the wrong victim. Two years ago, Northampton man Darren Kimpton returned to a house he'd already attempted to rob earlier that evening. Unfortunately, it was full of police officers investigating the previous break-in.
And in 2012, a Louisiana man chose the wrong car to steal: inside were a state police detective and two members of the US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force. "He's not one of your smarter ones," they commented.
But best of all, perhaps, was the attempt to burgle a Norse god. In 2009, a thief was startled to be caught in the act by the owner - who was dressed as Thor at the time. Torvald Alexander was returning from a fancy dress party and caused the thief so much consternation that he jumped out of a first floor window.
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