London, June 13 : A dumb thief was arrested by cops after he returned to the house he burgled - just to ask for his mobile phone.
House owner Peter Diamond from Preston, Lancs was stunned to discover that he had been burgled, until he heard a shout from the garden.
It was the thief Stuart Garden asking if he had left his mobile phone in the house.
"I'm the person who broke in. Can I have my mobile phone back?" asked Garden.
Retired magician Diamond said he was shocked to see the thief had returned.
"I couldn't believe his cheek. He had some front to come back," the Mirror quoted Diamond, as saying.
Police later arrested Gardner as he left another nearby house having burgled it.
With a rucksack full of stolen property on his back he told officers: "You've got me. I'm the burglar."
Meanwhile, Gardner has been jailed for three years and three months after pleading guilty to three burglaries and one offence of theft.