Two burglars likened to the Marx Brothers for their clumsy getaway have been sentenced.
James Lake and Peter Moran burgled a home then stole their victim’s VW Passat to get away.
A hidden in-car camera filmed them arguing for 40 minutes.
Lake, 43, who was in the driver’s seat, shouted: “Where’s the f…ing handbrake? Where’s the handbrake? Where’s the handbrake?”
Moran, 55, replied: “I’m looking for it.”
Moments later he tells Lake: “Alright go, get the (interior) lights off. Get the wipers off.”
Lake: “Where’s the handbrake?”
Moran: “You’re in the wrong gear.”
Lake: “No I’m in reverse. Where’s the handbrake?”
Moran: “I don’t f…ing know. You’re the car thief mate.”
Moran then turns to the third man on the back seat saying: “Oi! Where’s the f…ing handbrake mate?”
Lake then tells Moran: “Keep looking at the window (of the burgled house) please.”
Moran: “I am f…ing looking. I can only do one thing at a time.”
He then remarks on how long it’s taking to move off and Lake tells him: “Shut up man.”
Moran: “What do you mean shut up, you ….”
The car finally begins to reverse, only to bump into the car parked behind.
Moran: “You d**khead.”
When they finally drove away from the house in Bedford, Moran criticised Lake’s driving and they began fighting over a stolen phone.
They were caught when the video was found in the ditched car.
Detectives couldn’t believe their luck when the dash cam footage was played.
Daniel Wright, prosecuting, described the footage as “like a scene from a Marx Brothers film”.
Before they were sentenced, Judge Gary Lucie sitting at Luton crown court was shown some of the footage.
It showed James Lake, who had entered the house in Bedford, his accomplice Moran, who had remained outside as a lookout, and a third man who had also been a lookout, all jump into the householder’s taxi, having taken the ignition keys.
But a quick getaway was out of the question: no one knew where the handbrake was.
Judge Lucie told the pair: “I found it quite sickening to watch the pair of you gloating about what you were up to.
“You were both plainly under the influence of drink and drugs that night.”
Lake, of Luton, admitted burglary at the town’s crown court and was jailed for 40 months.
Moran, a father of five, also of Luton, was found guilty of burglary at trial and was given an 18-month suspended sentence yesterday.
A third suspect failed to appear.