When two men broke into an electronics store in Märsta, north of Stockholm, things went awry for the pilferers from the get-go.
The moment they busted open the store’s front door with a crowbar at 7.30am on Saturday, security alarms sounded and attracted bamboozled residents who were soon on the scene.
“People have filmed and taken pictures,” Peter Eriksson of the Norrort police told the Aftonbladet newspaper.
The residents took a series of pictures and videos of the thieves as they went about their business wearing yellow tracksuits, ill-fitting masks, and sunglasses.
The thieves had even tried to protect the anonymity of their car by covering the registration plates with blue plastic bags from state-run liquor store Systembolaget.
However, things were soon to take a turn for the worse for the robbers as they approached their getaway vehicle with their loot – four wide-screen televisions.
“It was a real bungle. Their car was too small – they didn’t have the space for everything they’d taken,” the officer explained.
But the problems didn’t end there for the two men, as the carefully placed plastic bags on the registration plates blew off as the car made its escape.
Alert witnesses managed to snap pictures of the registration plates, which they sent on to police.
“They are known to police. The investigation is looking good,” Ericsson said.
The two men are suspected of burglary.