The sight of this un-spooky spectre would be unlikely to send even Scooby-Doo fleeing in terror.
The intruder used a ruse beloved of villains encountered by the cowardly cartoon dog – dressing up as a ghost as he raided an off-licence.
But police didn’t need help from Scooby’s pals Fred, Daphne and Velma to see past his feeble disguise.
The not-so-clever criminal was caught on CCTV tugging at and tripping over the white sheet he had on.
‘He didn’t prepare himself very well,’ said Sgt Chris Sparks.
‘He thought about all the things – he wore gloves, he put something over his head – but he couldn’t manage to keep it straight the whole time.’
The would-be burglar – who faces a year in jail if caught and convicted – ran up and down the aisles for two minutes at the store in Anniston, Alabama, US.
Peeking out through his eye-holes, he seemed unable to find what he wanted. And rather than waiting to be unmasked by ‘those meddling kids’, he left empty-handed after apparently getting spooked himself.
‘It’s probably a practical joke,’ said customer Doug Connor
‘People ain’t got much to do, so they just get out and party. He was probably high.’ However, he added: ‘It ain’t a game. It’s serious.’