Forklifts Used To Steal Energy Drinks 18/01/2008
Forklift trucks have recently been used to steal a large number of energy drinks from a distributing company in Beaumont, USA. Appearing to be a ‘professional’ burglary job, up to 5000 cases of Red Bull were stolen from the distribution company and forklift trucks were utilised in obtaining and transferring the stolen goods in January 2008.
This is not the only example of forklift trucks being used in burglary operations. In January 2008, in Atlanta in the United States, it was reported that an ATM cash machine was allegedly stolen by a man using a forklift truck to remove and transport the ATM machine. When police attempted to pull the man from the forklift after stopping the vehicle, the perpetrator continued driving the forklift and refused to stop. However, ostensibly as a result of the weight of the ATM cash machine, the forklift truck was unable to maintain balance and instead the weight in the bed of the forklift shifted and the forklift truck flipped over. Although the suspect who had been operating the forklift truck was not seriously injured, he was arrested and charged by the police on a number of grounds.