A car thief had to make his escape on foot after driving into floodwater.
The inept crook’s misadventure was shared by Sussex Police as the force published an appeal for witnesses.
Police said: “Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of a vehicle from an address in North Street, Lewes.
“The white Renault Megane with registration ND12 DYT is believed to have been stolen between midnight and 2am on Tuesday 5 December.
“Later that day at around 6.45am, the stolen vehicle was reported stuck in flood water in Barcombe Mills Road, with a man aged 20 to 30 years old inside the vehicle.
“The man fled the scene before police arrival.
“Anyone with any relevant information, CCTV or dashcam footage of the theft in North Street and the scene in Barcombe Mills Road is asked to report it to police online or by calling 101 quoting 526 of 05/12.”