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Thief Crashes Luxury Mercedes Just Seconds After Stealing It

Thief Crashes Luxury Mercedes Just Seconds After Stealing It

A bungling car thief died when he crashed a high powered classic sports car he had nicked just 30 metres from the garage he had broken into.

The crook and an accomplice had sneaked into the property and were attempting a getaway when he piled the pristine 1964 black Mercedes 230 SL - worth 70,000 GBP - into a tree just seconds after fleeing the property in Osielsko, a region in north Poland.

Owner Maciej Borkowski said: "These are powerful old cars and they don't drive and steer like modern ones. You need to know what you're doing."

The accomplice had, say police, successfully made off with a 1959 190SL car, worth about 50,000 GBP.

A local man walking his dog at the scene said: "I saw the car crash and ran over to see if I could help.

"The other car had driven off and when I looked inside the crashed car I saw a man slumped over the steering wheel wearing a balaclava and gloves.

"He was dead. I guess God was watching and decided to punish him," he added.

A police spokesman said: "We are trying to identify the driver which is proving difficult as we have no record of him in our files and no one has come forward to claim the body.

"He is a bit of a mystery."

But one local added: "The bigger mystery is how his accomplice is going to sell the car now, as everyone will know it was stolen and that someone died in the other one."

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