Detectives in Germany were dumbstruck after a man they had just booked for burglary walked out of the police station and drove off in one of their cars, authorities said.
"It's not just unusual, it's embarrassing," said a spokesman for police in the central town of Eschwege.
Police said the 27-year-old must have pocketed the key of the car during his interrogation. After he was charged and released, officers were stunned to see the man easing out of the station in the unmarked vehicle and immediately gave chase.
Three cars, including the stolen vehicle, were damaged in the ensuing pursuit. It ended with the man's re-arrest.