It was almost the perfect crime: a would-be bicycle thief spotted his quarry in a quiet, tucked-away corner and chose his moment to swoop.
There was just one problem, the quiet corner was outside a police station, and officers inside were watching his every move on CCTV.
The police station in question was in Gladstone, Oregon, and officers there had probably the easiest arrest they are likely to get any time soon, simply walking outside the doors of the building and pinning the man up against the wall.
“It’s dumb, you know,” Sergeant Carl Bell told ABC News.
“I have not actually seen something that blatant because the officers were inside watching on video camera.”