A man in South Africa has been arrested after he asked for work from the owners of a house he had earlier robbed – wearing the same clothing he allegedly stole.

According to the owner of the house in Nahoon Valley Place, East London, the man knocked on his front door asking for gardening work on Sunday at about 11am.

He was decked out in the resident’s shoes, socks, belt, a pair of trousers and one of his fiance’s blouses.

“When I opened the door I was surprised because he was wearing our clothing,” said the resident, who asked not to be named.

The man said he immediately went to the back garden and noticed their storeroom had been looted.

“My fiance and I were busy packing to move into a new house and most of our clothing and new linen were being kept there,” he said.

“I could not believe the audacity of this guy. I detained him after that and called the police but they did not pitch after 45 minutes,” the resident said.

The man then escaped but was later caught by security guards.

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