A would-be thief had nowhere to run when confronted by police officers with the help of the Police's Eagle helicopter - and an equally eagle-eyed neighbour.
Footage from the Eagle helicopter shows a man walking down a street in the Gulf Harbour area, north of Auckland, looking into parked vehicles and checking to see if they are open.
He gets lucky at one point - opening a car parked in a driveway.
Officers inside the Eagle can be heard telling their colleagues on the ground what they can see and what the male can be seen doing.
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"He's at the driver's door and looking inside it," Eagle staff can be heard saying.
But his luck soon runs out, as officers on the ground yell out - causing him to jump out of the vehicle.
The footage was shared on the North Shore, Rodney & West Auckland Police Facebook page yesterday, saying officers were called to the scene in the early hours of the morning after a member of the public reported suspicious activity in their neighbourhood.
"Eagle was soon in the area and observed a male allegedly trying to open doors of parked vehicles on the street," the post read.
"Police put a stop to this after Eagle directed in ground units to his location."
The time stamp on the video shows the incident happened at 3am.
A 24-year-old man has since been charged and is before the Waitākere District Court, police said.