He used the forklift truck to lift the car from a residential street when it was dark
CCTV recorded him loading it onto a recovery lorry but police say no accomplice
A brazen thief has been arrested after CCTV recorded him stealing a car by picking it up using a forklift truck and putting it onto a recovery lorry.
The thief stole the Mini Cooper in the city of El Prat de Llobregat in Catalonia, Spain, on January 3.
The video has only recently been released after officers of the Catalan police force Mossos D’Esquadra used the footage to track down the culprit.
In the video, the unnamed man is seen driving the pallet truck on the streets at night. He approaches a parked Mini and positions the forks underneath the vehicle.
As the car alarm is set off, the forklift driver wheels backward and places the Mini on top of a waiting recovery vehicle.
The two drivers exchanged words before leaving in opposite directions. The owner of the recovery vehicle is not believed to be under investigation.
Local media reported that the thief is the owner of an illegal scrapyard in the area and that there was another Mini on site with the same specifications as the stolen model.
Police believe that the man wanted to use the parts from the stolen vehicle. Inside the wrecking yard, officers found around 20 cars and 25 motorbikes in the process of being scrapped but still registered as roadworthy vehicles with the authorities.
The stolen Mini was returned to its owner while the car thief will appear in court soon.
It has been reported that the man has a criminal record for similar offences.