A shameless joyrider fled the scene after ploughing his car into the front of a house in Northampton, only to return minutes later to collect the mobile phone he left in the stricken vehicle.
This morning Ann and Garry Brugen are hoping the man who crashed a silver Ford Focus into their in Queen Eleanor Road, Far Cotton, at around 1am this morning, hands himself into police.
Recently retired civil servant Ann, 57, said it is lucky no one was hurt as her grandchildren had only recently been staying over at the home.
She said: “This car had been screeching about for a couple of hours so I was awake on and off.
“Then we heard this almighty bang.”
The car had careered into the sitting room of the home her and her husband have lived in for 26 years causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Currently it cannot be removed as it is feared pulling the out may topple the building altogether.
Neighbour Cheryl Harrison, who works at London Midland, and husband Martyn, ran downstairs when they heard the bang early this morning.
Mrs Harrison said the noise was like “a bomb going off.”
But remarkably she has described how the joyrider returned to the scene of the crash after a few minutes to collect his mobile phone form the vehicle.
She said: “When we got downstairs the car was smoking, but there was no one in the car. As we were on the phone to he police this person came walking over.
“It was the driver - he had left his phone on the seat.
“My husband grabbed him and wrestled him to the floor.
“But he managed to get away, though we managed to get his hoodie.
“He legged it down towards Delapre Crescent.”
Northamptonshire Police has been contacted for comment.