Three men trying to steal fuel from a Waipukurau farm yesterday ended up setting fire to their own car.
Police said the trio siphoned diesel into a petrol-driven vehicle. When their car would not start, they examined the fuel pipe using a cigarette lighter. Boom, and the car burst into flames.
Senior Sergeant Ross Gilbert said: "Fortunately for them, there is no criminal charge for stupidity."
The men, aged 18 to 19, escaped injury but were charged with theft.
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