Updated: April 11, 2017 10:56 AM ET | Originally published: April 11, 2017 10:56 AM EDT

An alleged thief who snatched a woman’s cell phone in China was apprehended about 10 seconds after the act when he ran straight into a police station. Apparently unaware of his surroundings, the man found himself in the precinct’s parking lot while attempting to make a quick getaway.

Surveillance footage posted by of the incident in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, shows the man grabbing the phone out of the woman’s hand on a city sidewalk before taking off in the direction of the station. The woman — who tried to chase the thief but tripped and fell — then enters the compound and points him out to a nearby officer.

Watch the clip here.

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