A hapless thief in Belgium was left suspended from a fence not once, but twice in one night.

The man tried to make off with some cans of beer from a store at a Spar in the town of Kaulille, but snagged his trousers, and got caught on the fence.

After being freed by some passing pedestrians, he fled the scene - only to return for another round of ineptitude.

On the second occasion, he got his trousers caught on a spike on the fence, and found himself dangling by his ankles.

Despite the freezing conditions, he tried to removed his trousers to effect an escape.

However, police arrived on the scene, and he was arrested.