By Adam Slinger

Mesa, AZ (KNXV/CNN) - A suspected thief thought he could get a steal on gas, but got burned. He caught himself and his truck on fire, then crashed into a nearby home.

The man you see rolling on the ground in the video above is trying to put out the flames consuming his shirt. Investigators say it's his own fault though. He was trying to steal gasoline, siphoning it with a motorized pump.

"He was all burnt up," said Mitch Drum.

Drum is the neighbor who actually chased after the thief on fire. Even though he didn't catch the crook, his camera caught the crime.

"You can see the guy on my video surveillance," he said.

You can see the thief jump out of the burning truck and take off. The driverless vehicle then crashes into another home, torching the garage.

"And he gets up and runs off," said Drum.

Police caught the unnamed suspect. He's in the hospital with burns, and is expected to survive.

Read or Share this story: