The bungling burglars put an explosive material inside the vending machine Christmas morning in Schoeppingen, Germany, in hopes of scoring a big payout.
Two of the crooks made it back to their car before the bomb went off. But the blast occurred before the third man could get into the vehicle car, and he was struck in the head by shrapnel.
The 29-year-old victim was rushed to the hospital by his two friends.
Emergency-room doctors tried to resuscitate him, but he died.