A forgetful friend from Takhmao is cursing his clumsiness after he left his ID card at the scene of the crime on Wednesday.
Police say the stick-wielding suspect approached the house he planned to rob when the homeowners returned.
He gave each a solid whack on the head, when a stunned third resident returned.
Our villain escaped empty-handed but dropped his ID on the way a thoughtful gift for police.
Later that night, the blundering burglar came back for his card, and was promptly nabbed by the waiting cops.