Today's award goes to two would-be burglars in China.
Hapless crooks spent more than a month digging a tunnel through solid rock into a jewellery store - only to be arrested the minute they stepped out with their loot.
Lu Peng, 26, and Xian Tsu Heng, 27 - carrying gold and gems worth 50,000 UK pounds [about US $82,500] - found police waiting for them as they emerged from the 100ft tunnel dug underneath a main road in Jiangyang, eastern China.
Cops had had the tunnel under observation for a week after motorists reported a dip in the road.
"They told us they had been inspired by a crime featured in a reality TV programme about a police task force - but they didn't get away with it in that one either," said a police spokesman.
Hint to tunneling robbers - either reinforce your tunnel, or dig it deeper, so that it can't be followed by the dip in the roadway above it!