A man who stole a jacket from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) was then rescued by the very people he stole from when he found himself stuck between two walls and a hard place in Richmond overnight.
The man, who made off with a blue MFB jacket from a fire station precinct in Church Street Richmond, was seen running from the scene just after 11pm.
A short time later police and emergency services were called to Lincoln Street in Richmond following reports a man could be heard moaning and groaning.
Attending officers found the same Richmond man stuck between two warehouses where it is believed he had fallen from the roof.
MFB responded, along with police, to free the man from the 30 to 40cm crevice.
Once freed, the man attempted to run off from police only to turn a corner and run straight into their waiting arms.
The 39-year-old man is currently under police guard in hospital.
It is believed he was not seriously injured.
It is expected the man will be charged with burglary, theft and attempted burglary offences.