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This 'Car-Thieving' Koala Is A Strong Contender For The Title Of 'World's Cutest Criminal'

02/25/2015 04:05 pm ET | Updated Feb 25, 2015

He can barely drive, but that didn't stop him from trying.

This koala thought he could make a clean getaway with a Land Rover near Maude in Victoria on Monday, the Australian Times reports. He was foiled by 15-year-old Sam Box, however, when the teen hopped off the school bus at his family's farm and caught the koala in the act:

License and registration please.

Sam told Australia's 9News he and his father, Michael, often see koalas on their property, though finding one in their car was a first.

"[The koala] was checking me out as much as I was checking him out,” Sam told 9News. “I opened the door and he just got out and walked away.”

While this is the first (attempted) koala car theft we've ever heard of, some non-marsupials in the states have been more successful.

In 2010, a black bear got into a 2008 Toyota Corolla near Denver in pursuit of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, then took the car on a 125-foot joyride down a hill after accidentally shifting it into neutral. The bear wasn't injured in the incident; the Corolla was totaled.

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