On Friday, officers gave chase after the suspect robbed a woman of her cellphone while she was waiting for a taxi in Delft.
The thief ran away and disappeared between houses.
Officers got permission from homeowners to search their premises and found the suspect laying in a bed pretending to be asleep.
The victim’s cellphone was still in his possession.
“This is certainly one of the most creative getaway attempts we have seen in a while, and while it turned into a bit of a nightmare for the thief, I am very happy that our staff was able to help a resident in distress,” said Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith.