Car-ma? 'Ireland's dumbest criminal' has gone viral in a serious way around the world

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Idiot: The would-be thief is seen throwing the brick at the luxury Mercedes
Idiot: The would-be thief is seen throwing the brick at the luxury Mercedes

A would-be car thief who knocked himself out trying to break into a Mercedes has become an international laughing stock after video footage of the botched robbery went viral.

More than two million people have watched the CCTV clip of the attacker unsuccessfully throwing a stone at the car window outside the pub.

When he fails to smash the screen he walks off before returning with what appears to be a concrete block which he launches at the luxury Mercedes coupe.

But in a split second the makeshift missile rebounds, striking him in the head and knocking him dazed to the ground.

Gerry Brady, owner of the car and The Pheasant pub in Drogheda, County Louth, said he found the man lying "completely dazed" beside the car after he finished work.

"He was lying on the road, I asked him 'are you ok mate?', as you do," he said.

"There was a lot of blood, he couldn't stand up. He was completely dazed. But he started saying his friend jumped on him and beat him up. My girlfriend was with me and she phoned the guards and ambulance.

"When I told him the guards were on the way, he was saying to me 'no guards, no police', so I knew something was up. Then I looked at my car and there were some divots taken out of the window and a concrete block on the ground.

"The penny started to drop at this stage."

Mr Brady said his girlfriend checked her own car nearby and it had been broken into, with an iPad and phone missing. The items were later recovered.

The pair ran to a nearby filling station where they hid until the emergency services arrived on the scene.

Mr Brady said he took his pub's CCTV footage of the incident to the local Garda station and has made a statement. He has since put the coverage on YouTube where it has been downloaded more than two million times.

Gardai said they are investigating the incident.

The clip has been featured on Sky News, the Daily Mail and MTV