A burglar who raided a pub and then fled to a ferry escaped arrest in a prank over which had jurisdiction.
He was caught on CCTV slipping £ 5,000 worth of goods into the Port of Dover.
But the British police were powerless to sting him because he had already passed passport control on French soil.
And the French gendarmes could not stick it because the crime had occurred in England and no arrest warrant had been issued.
The Italian suspect broke into the Castle Inn pub near Dover Castle and stole a rare guitar, amp and other items.
The builders working there saw him load his dark blue Peugeot and alerted staff, who found him in the nearby port about to head to a ferry to Calais.
Pub staff reported it to French authorities – who shrugged because the crime had occurred in England.
They then alerted the British police, who also refused to act as the suspect was now sitting on French soil.
Pub manager Jemima Burne, 29, said: “The silliness of it all left me absolutely pissed off as this crook will be back home now laughing.
“Thank the Lord, he hadn’t done anything more serious.”
Kent Police and Dover Port Police have not commented.