A car thief ran away in terror after the owner of the vehicle jumped into the passenger seat naked and said: “Where we going then?”
Published: 9:56AM BST 03 Sep 2010 telegraph.co.uk
Russell Stuart, 51, was asleep in his home in Dymchurch, Kent, when he heard his Peugeot 405 being started up in his driveway in the early hours of the morning.
He leapt out of bed and raced out of his front door before opening the passenger door and getting in alongside the would-be thief.
The father of two said the man flung the door open and ran off into the night as soon as he spotted “a big naked bloke” sitting next to him.
He said: “I just got out of bed and ran to my car, opened the passenger door and sat down.
“I said to him ‘All right mate – where are we going then?’ and he just jumped out of the car and legged it.”
Mr Stuary, a technician at the Dungeness power station, said: “I don’t know what the guy must have thought when a large naked bloke got in the car next to him, but when your car is being stolen you don’t think about it, you just react.
“I’ll never forget the look on his face, though, it was a peach.”
Mr Stuart said he even started the car and went on the hunt for the thief – whilst still naked – but eventually turned round and went home in fear that he would get arrested for indecent exposure.
He added: “I didn’t want to have my own collar felt because, at the end of the day, I was naked and it would have been hard to explain to police.”