Monday, 24. November 2014
02. 05. 14. - 15:00
A drunken thief who stole a car intending to drive home was caught because he was so sozzled he fell asleep inside before setting off.
The next morning the stunned owner of the car was about to set off to work when he saw the crook Jacob Tokaryev, 32, still snoozing in his vehicle.
And Tokaryev's car catnap in the city of Novokuznetsk in south-western Siberia is now likely to cost him his freedom after police turned up shortly afterwards to arrest him.
Police spokesman Arkhip Isayev, 37, said: "He got drunk the previous night. He could not walk home but said he could not afford a taxi either as he'd run out of cash because he'd spent it all on drink. So he thought he'd take a car. He was very apologetic but that won't save him from a court appearance."
Police said he broke a pane of window glass in his victim's Lada Samara car and also damaged the ignition in his drunken fumblings to try to start the engine.
Car owner Ivan Deshensky, 34, said: "You can imagine how I felt when I came to go to work and found this guy asleep under the wheel. I opened the car door and he stank of booze. There was broken glass all over the car and I saw that he had managed to smash the ignition mounting where the key goes.
"It might be funny to an onlooker but the car is my livelihood."
Police spokesman Isayev said: "The man will be charged with drunkenness, attempted theft and criminal damage."
All in all, a fair bit more than a taxi home would have done.
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