A BUMBLING burglar spent a night in garda custody after breaking into offices in Dublin city centre and accidentally locking himself inside.
Gardai were called to the premises on Exchequer Street on Saturday night after passers-by spotted the thief desperately struggling to pull open the shutters.
It emerged that after breaking into the building, the raider found himself unable to escape.
A member of the public heard the thief calling for help and alerted gardai.
Dublin Fire Brigade arrived to force the shutters open and gardai began searching for the hapless thief.
It is believed the 22-year-old made his way up onto the roof in a bid to escape from officers through another building.
But his efforts were in vain, and he was arrested after an hour-long search of the premises.
The man was brought to Pearse Street Garda Station shortly after 8pm where he was detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
One onlooker, visiting Dublin for Ireland’s Six Nations game, explained that the thief began calling for help after finding himself locked inside.
“I was in the restaurant next door and I popped out to have a cigarette,” the onlooker said.
“I could hear him struggling inside. He was poking his nose through the letterbox trying to attract help from passers-by.
“He was acting very strangely, and it was obvious something was up.”
Gardai examined the scene for damage. However, nothing was stolen from the premises.