A Queensland man stops a car thief by hoisting her onto a forklift as she tries to steal a vehicle

A Queensland man stops a car thief by hoisting her onto a forklift as she tries to steal a vehicle

The quick-thinking driver stops a woman stealing his car by using a FORKLIFT to lift the vehicle into the air and trapping the thief inside

  • A Queensland man decides to catch someone who allegedly stole his car with a forklift
  • Brendan Mills ingenious acts prevented the alleged thief from doing so escape
  • A 24-year-old woman arrested and charged by police in Waterford West

A quick-thinking driver foiled a suspected car thief by using a forklift to trap her in the vehicle she was attempting to steal.

Brendan Mills returned home on June 5 to find a woman in his red Volkswagen Polo at his property in Waterford West, south of Brisbane.

By sheer luck, he had parked the forklift next to the car, with the forks pointing toward the truck.

So he immediately jumped in his forklift and lifted the car two meters in the air, locking the alleged car thief inside before calling Queensland Police.

An Australian has foiled a suspected car thief by using a forklift to trap her in the vehicle she was trying to steal

Officers arrested the suspected car thief at a property in Waterford West and charged her with burglary and illegal use of a motor vehicle

Officers arrested the suspected car thief at a property in Waterford West and charged her with burglary and illegal use of a motor vehicle

The alleged car thief was unable to open the doors sooner to escape because the position of the forks prevented the car doors from opening.

Police video showed an officer opening the car’s door as it was being lowered, telling the stunned occupant, “Get out, you get out.”

Security footage from the property’s cameras showed a woman entering the property at 5:20 p.m. Sunday, June 5.

Police claimed she went inside, showered and changed into the clothes she found inside.

A 24-year-old woman was arrested at the property and charged with burglary and illegal use of a motor vehicle, Queensland Police said in a statement.

Police video showed an officer opening the car's door as it was being lowered, telling the stunned occupant,

Police video showed an officer opening the car’s door as it was being lowered, telling the stunned occupant, “Get out, you get out.”

Security footage from the property's cameras showed a woman entering the property at 5:20 p.m. Sunday, June 5

Security footage from the property’s cameras showed a woman entering the property at 5:20 p.m. Sunday, June 5

She was granted police bail to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 13

Police noted the unusual nature of Mr Mills’ arrest of the alleged car thief and warned the public against trying to prevent crimes in progress.

“To ensure the safety of the community, the police advises the public not to engage in methods of disrupting criminal activity that may involve the risk of personal injury or further legal remedies.”