"I'm secret police, I'm injured, and I'm on a secret mission."
Although it sounds like a line from the script of a Hollywood action movie, this dramatic phrase was actually used by a creative criminal to steal an ambulance containing four poorly passengers at 7:30am on Monday morning.
Leaping into the driver's seat, the barefoot bandit ordered the astonished patients to fasten their safety belts before turning on the emergency lights and setting off.
When the passengers asked who he was and what he was doing, he told them he was on a secret mission then pretended to talk to the police via the ambulance's radio.
The thief had taken advantage of a slip by the ambulance's real driver who had left the vehicle with the engine running while he went back inside to pick up some documentation.
The driver spotted the interloper making off with his ambulance and immediately called the police who headed straight for the scene.
They arrived to find the ambulance being intercepted by the real driver after a total trip of less than 1,000 metres.
All four passengers were reported to be unharmed, according to the website of Spanish TV channel Cadena Ser.
Police arrested the man, who was said to have no driving licence, and charged him with motor vehicle theft and reckless driving.