Thieves are the worst thing. You work hard for stuff, and someone shows up and helps themselves to it. Sometimes when you catch them, you just have to take matters into your own hands.

Employees at Arlington Auto Wrecking in Akron got creative when they realized a man had broken into one of their cars, going to extreme measures to make sure he couldn't escape.

The employees at Arlington Auto Wrecking realized a man had broken into one of their vehicles and was still inside, so they pulled their forklift over and picked him up, suspending the car in mid-air. It even got a chuckle out of the 911 operator.

“So, he’s still in the car about 20 feet in the air in the loader,” the employee told 911.

Check out the 911 call here:

“Wonderful, that is the greatest thing I’ve ever heard,” the 911 operator said with a laugh. “We, we will get somebody out to you.”

Employees told Akron Police that they've gotten sick and tired of people constantly breaking into their shop and stealing from them, so when this guy showed up for what they say is the third visit he's made, they weren't taking any chances.

See bodycam footage here:

“He broke into a car at the junkyard and before he could get out, he’s done it before, they got like the forklift and they had him like I’m not kidding like 20 feet off the ground, so when we got there, he went right into custody,” an officer told some other officers when he returned to the station.

“We’re having a lot of trouble here with people stealing stuff and everything and we got a guy that’s passed out or crashed in one of our vehicles in our yard and I got the vehicle picked up with the loader and he’s probably 20 feet in the air now and I refuse to drop this thing to let him out and run,” the employee said. “I mean we’ve just had so much problems here with theft and catalytic converters and just fires and everything.”

Akron took 26-year-old Alexander Funk into custody for criminal trespassing and possessing criminal tools. He had a backpack with him that had a sawzall, sawzall blades and several other hand tools.

“Alright man well here’s the deal this lot is, there’s been a serious amount of break-ins and converters cut off and you got a Sawzall and you’re in a private area of the business not open to the public,” an officer told Funk. “So, what do you got the Sawzall for?”

“Uh copper to be honest brother, not gonna lie,” Funk admitted.

Employees say Funk had broken Into in several times before, they said they let him go the first time, but he had escaped the second time.

“I was putting the car in the shop, and he was in the backseat, and we called the police on him,” one employee told police. “We were waiting for you guys to get here, and he shoved one of my guys out of the way and took off running and you guys were looking for him over there across the street for about an hour. That’s the third time now, it’s the same guy.”

He’ll be in court on the criminal trespassing and possessing criminal tools charges on October 27.

Read more at 13 ABC

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