I would have had some fun with this guy and not felt the urge to call the boys in blue This is the amazing scene of a burglar hanging upside down that greeted home owner Paul Ives when he returned home from work. Thief John Pearce had got his foot caught after smashing his way through the glass and was left hanging upside down for more than an hour, unable to move. Eventually, he was freed when Mr Ives called police and paramedics who managed to release Pearce's shoe and hauled him down. Now the red-faced 32-year-old thief has appeared before Dartford magistrates in Kent where he admitted burglary with intent to steal. Paul, 44, said: "The man must be the world's dumbest thief." Paul arrived at his terraced house in Dartford to find the burglar hanging in his window. It is believed the laces in one of his trainers may have become caught. The intruder had a hammer in his hand and at first tried to deny he had been breaking in. He told the householder that he had spotted someone else trying to raid the house and had decided to stop him. "I was stopping the burglars," he told Paul. At this point a small crowd of onlookers gathered and began to mock the intruder while others took pictures. Paul said: "He was hanging upside down. His body was inside the house and he was stuck in the window with his foot outside. "The more he struggled, the more he got jammed. When I got home, he still had the hammer in his hand which he had used to smash the main window and get some leverage. "He was screaming to get him down and we were all saying : 'I don't think so.' "He kept saying: 'I haven't done anything. I was stopping the burglars.'" Mr Ives' girlfriend, Angela Gloyn, 32, said: "Afterwards we had a right giggle about it." Pearce, from Dartford, was remanded in custody by Dartford magistrates. He will be sentenced on September 5.