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Clumsy car burglar arrested after locking himself in trunk

FRESNO, Calif. An attempt to steal some items inside a car didn't work out very well for this car burglar.

A security guard in Fresno called police when he heard a banging noise coming from the inside of a trunk early Sunday morning.

When authorities arrived, they expected to find a victim locked inside the trunk.

Instead they found what a spokesman for the Fresno County Sheriff's Department describes as -- quote -- "the dumbest criminal of the day."

Apparently the clumsy burglar popped the lock on the trunk, crawled inside and ransacked its contents.

But when he tried to heave himself out, he closed the trunk on top of him.

The suspect was taken to a hospital to be treated for cuts he suffered during his futile burglary attempt. He was then booked on two counts of theft.

Police did not release the name of the suspect.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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