Forklift operator foils Mercedes-Benz theft – Click above to watch video after the jump

Forget LoJack, your Viper alarm system and The Club, all you really need to nab would-be car thieves is a forklift. That was the preferred tool of one Norwegian man who was set on stopping a crook from pinching a Mercedes-Benz E-Class from the W210 generation. The man grabbed the Benz with his tractor-based forklift and raised the front end of the car off the ground, damaging his car in the process. Tourists caught it all on tape, and the police arrived to find the not-so-grand larcenist sitting in the driver's seat.

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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, opening the door, jumping down 3 feet and running away wasn't an option?
        thatbluecrx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        First thing I questioned.. Genius at work.
        Chris Olden
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        It was the thief's car, the police would have checked the Norwegian DMV register and found his name...
        Guillaume Séguin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Going in the back seats, jumping down just 1 foot and running away could have been another one ....
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        I was thinking the same thing!
        Swede
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        That would take work. He's a norwegian thief after all. He has standards.
          Chris Olden
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Swede
          It was the thief's car, stupid Swede, the police would have found his name in the public registers...
      glovesoff
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog, your comprehension of what happened in this story is awful. Change the story so it reflects what really happened -- the guy in the Merc OWNS the Merc. He was trying to rob this store, but the owner of the store stopped him with his forklift. You are just perpetuating confusion if you do not edit this story.
        bearwolf
        • 3 Years Ago
        @glovesoff
        Autoblog's comprehension of an Autoblog-worthy article is awful. What the hell does this video, and the majority of their YouTube posts, have to do with the auto industry? I can browse YouTube on my own, thanks. I don't come to this site for insignificant time-wasting crap like this.
      Adeysworld
      • 3 Years Ago
      We'll be seeing this clip again on "World's Dumbest Criminals".
      • 3 Years Ago
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      connlmng
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why didn't the robber just jump out of the car? it must have been 5 feet
        • 3 Years Ago
        @connlmng
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          Marcus Anton
          • 3 Years Ago
          or perhaps the doors were locked by the torsion force applied by the forklift. happens the same on my car when on the jack, cannot open the doors.
      Christopher
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love me some John Deere! Of course I live in the home town of JD so I am a bit biased. Love the video! As Dwight pointed out, I too couldn't understand why he didn't jump out and run.
        Chris Olden
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher
        It was the thief's car, the police would have checked the Norwegian DMV register and found his name....
      Prince David
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does the thief has his guilty face blurred out when the innocent carowner is clearly shown!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Prince David
        Because the car owner IS the thief. AutoBlog had the story all wrong.
      Norway_to_Miami
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually, the thief wasn't stealing the car. The guy in the tractor own a shop that was being broken into. Some neighbours called him, and he brought the tractor down to find this thief trying to flee the scene in the Merc. Now the police are talking about investigating the tractor driver for reckless behaviour as well.
        Marcus Anton
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Norway_to_Miami
        well, that's EU to you as well. Instead of being praised for a good work catching the would-be-thief, you get charged too. same goes for self defense in most EU countries. A perp usually get's a better treatment than the victim in case a victim tries to defend himself.
      Guillaume Séguin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the attitude of the tractor driver. He's so calm you see this hasn't been filmed in the US. He probably doesn't have a gun anyway
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man the cops there are so nice and gentle.... the cops here would have jumped over the hood of the car... pulled out their gun and yell FREEZE MOFO !!!!! bust open the window drag him out the car hittin his head on the door as they do, slam him on the floor then pick him up slam him on the car and then proceed to handcuff him. . . . then walk around like they actually did something. I swear I hate our cops
        Chris Olden
        • 3 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        The Norwegian police does not use guns, they're unarmed, night sticks at most. They can request firearms if they believe it's absolutely necessary (armed suspects). It's locked in the trunk, but they have to request approval. Gun crime is rare here.
          Lowland
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris Olden
          I didn't know that.. I thought only the British police didn't carry firearms.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        Mind showing me a video of them doing this?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        In which video did you see ANY of this in?
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing..and not a SINGLE GUN in sight....learn something you idiots in America.
        Nicholas Neveu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noz
        When the owner of the item being stolen has the thief by a "tractor," here in the US guns would not be drawn. If anything, we would be laughing and point fingers. I laughed from the minute I saw the title...and I am still laughing.
        Marcus Anton
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noz
        well, all comes down to a neighborhood. try the same in an immigrant quarter in paris, and those cops would probably get a hot welcome. You will only see something like this in Benelux and nordic countries. usually the countries with the least diverse population.
      • 3 Years Ago
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