Facebook user who tried to steal a van gets caught after he forgets phone at crime scene

A would-be car thief had a very bad day on Monday when they were caught in the act trying to steal a van and managed to leave their phone and ID behind as they made their escape.

The failed felon’s phone was still logged into Facebook, and one playful friend of the victim decided to have some fun with the hapless villain.

It might have been a bad day for the van robber, but the following day turned out to be a pretty hilarious day for everyone else.

The Manchester Evening News explains how the owner of the van tagged the alleged thief in a Facebook post, saying: "Here is Newton Heath's finest mastermind. Attempted to nick my mate's van tonight."

They went on: "First major fault was being seen, second was leaving all, yes all, of his details behind. Phone, driving license (sic).

"No words but wow what a thick p***k. If anyone knows this guy please get in touch, he will need his phone back."

They then went on to exact an even crueller revenge by posting on the alleged thief's Facebook account itself.

Posing as the miscreant, he wrote a status saying: "Bet I'm wondering were(sic) my phone is right now?"

He then wrote another status saying: "Fb wont(sic) let me add anyone think hes(sic) useing(sic) his smackhead powers to try and stop me."The victim also updated the work and info status of the alleged thief on Facebook to 'self-employed, dosser and works for Entrepreneur.'

One person wrote: "Best thing on Fb today knew it would go viral. If u(sic) ain’t seen it go to his profile."

Another social media user wrote: "It's literally been the highlight of Tuesday.

"If you haven't been following the story check the profile, it's been emotional to say the least.”

Another wrote: "Imagine robbing a car but leaving your drivers licence and phone with Facebook logged in inside the car.

"S***est burglar on earth. Absolute comedy gold."

A spokesman for GMP told the MEN that the incident does not appear to have been reported to them.

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