A couple who escaped when their hatchback rolled into a river returned to find it frozen into a solid mass of ice, allowing thieves to walk to the car and steal both its rear wheels.
The crash happened during the Chinese New Year holiday period when their orange car veered off-road and was driven straight into the Puhe River in Shenyang, capital of north-eastern China’s Liaoning Province.
The couple were fortunately able to climb out their sinking car and escaped onto land following the accident on 6th February.
They decided to leave their car in the river instead of calling for emergency assistance during the holiday period, and they found the hatchback having been frozen solid in the water when they returned five days later.
But images of their crashed car also shows both rear wheels having been nicked, with the culprits appearing completely unsympathetic to their plight.
According to reports, the crash happened while the couple were travelling on the dimly lit road next to the Puhe River.
The driver claimed to have been blinded by full-beam lights coming in the opposite direction, causing him to swerve off-road and into the river.
Their hatchback has since been retrieved from the river, but, due to a lack of surveillance cameras in the area, they are unlikely to catch the wheel thieves.