How a dumb act led to suspected thief's arrest

The driver of a stolen ute was arrested after he cheekily drove past a police station and waved at police.

Patrols at Netley Police Station in Adelaide‘s southwest spotted the vehicle drive past about 10.30am on Sunday, with the driver giving a wave.

“The vehicle looked like a ute that had been stolen overnight from Glenelg North.  Checks of the registration confirmed it was the stolen Toyota ute,” police said in a statement.

The driver drove past Netley Police Station. Source: Google Maps

Police stopped the vehicle without incident and arrested the driver, a 38-year-old man of no fixed address.

A search of the ute allegedly uncovered property stolen during an overnight break-in at a Sellicks Hill hotel.

The man was charged with a range of offences including drink driving.

He was refused police bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday.