Man arrested after stealing kayak in nothing but pants and a nabbed sailor’s hat

A seaman has been arrested after stealing a kayak while wearing nothing but his underwear and a sailor's hat, which was also stolen.

Michael Clancy, 37, had been on a skimpy crime spree in the town of Marshfield, Massachusetts, before police managed to cuff him following a three-hour search.

The chaos kicked off at 7.40am on Tuesday when police were called to a sandpit near an elementary school.

Marshfield Police Department said Clancy was wandering around in just his underwear and talking to himself.

At around 11am a 911 caller said that a man fitting Clancy's rather conspicuous description had broken into their car and run away.

He was also spotted getting out of a black Ford Focus on a neighbouring street a short while later.

It later transpired that he had nicked that car.

While officers honed into that street, another 911 call placed him elsewhere, reporting that a semi-nude man had broken into their house and tried to trap two people in their own living room with a barricade he'd somehow managed to construct.

Officers finally landed Clancy in a neighbours garden. Between this point and the barricade affair he had managed to acquire a boat captain's hat and, because all good captains need a ship, started dragging a kayak towards a nearby marsh to launch his maiden voyage.

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Police said he was taken into custody without anymore craziness, but that he became violent towards an officer and firefighters when being transferred to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth, a town south of Boston.

Officers added he had been living in a tent near to the school.

Clancy will be held without bail until September 3 when he will be arraigned on various charges.

He has been charged two counts of breaking and entering into a vehicle in the daytime for a felony, theft of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony, theft over $250, assault and battery on a police officer, two counts of assault and battery on ambulance personnel, and operating a motor vehicle with license revoked.

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