Police in Norway said a teenager who tried to steal a car from a dealership ended up calling police when he found himself locked inside the vehicle.

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Trondelag Police tweeted the 17-year-old called police just before 8 a.m. Monday and told officers he was trapped inside a car he had attempted to steal from a Volvo dealership.

Ebbe Kimo of the Trondelag Police said the teen was familiar with local police from previous petty crime arrests.

"He knows us quite well and clearly thought it would be OK to call us for help. A bit like calling a friend, really," Kimo told Norwegian state broadcaster NRK.

Kimo told TV2 the teenager was "perhaps not the most knowledgeable car thief."

"On his previous attempts, he was at least able to get out of the car," he said.

Kimo said the teenager would be questioned before being released to his family in time for Christmas.