This dopey thief was caught on camera after he raided the premises – of a CCTV company.
The dim-wit was filmed helping himself to ladders owned by Barrie Smith, who installs security cameras for a living.
Not surprisingly, the property is rigged with high-quality monitoring devices which filmed the thief in action.
Barrie, 35, posted the clip on Facebook with an appeal for information – and the crook was identified within 24 hours.
The father-of-two said: “I was getting my van ready to go out on a job and went to put the ladders on the roof, but they weren’t there.
“I went straight to my CCTV and looked back through, and there he was, plain as day, helping himself.
“He was not a very good thief. His clothing has some really big logos on, and he looked straight at the camera. He could not have been more obvious.”
The thief struck at Barrie’s home in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, – which doubles as the premises of his business Kubix IT – at 2am on June 20.
He failed to spot the high-tech lens perched on the front of the house and was blissfully unaware as they captured his face and distinctive clothing.
During the one minute 45 second clip, the hooded thief can be seen checking out the ladders, before staring wide-eyed and open mouthed up at the camera.
He then tiptoes across the garden before making off with three sections of the #200 ladders under his arm.
Barrie called the police, but also posted the video on Facebook, offering a reward and asking people to share the clip and contact him with information.
It took just one day for the volunteer lifeboat officer to receive a text message with an address for the suspect.
Cops visited the house and found the man wearing the same clothes spotted in the CCTV – a le coq sportif hoodie with a huge logo – and discovered the ladders stashed in his garden.
The man was arrested and issued with a police caution, which could mean further action is taken if he gets in trouble again.
Barrie – who lives with fiancée Charlotte Milsom, 33, and young sons Noah, five, and Izac, three – says he is “disappointed” no more action is being taken against the thief, but is pleased by the public reaction to his crime-fighting appeal.
He said: “I am a law-abiding citizen, and it’s good to know there are other law-abiding people out there.
“I was offering a reward, but the person even said ‘I don’t want anything for it, I am just glad you have got your ladders back’.
“It just goes to show the power of social media and a good CCTV system.”