Sandwich thief is foiled when he tries to getaway on a forklift. The thief ran into problems when the forklift wouldn’t go into reverse, so he had to give back the sandwich. Ross Township police say 38-year-old Sean Faulkner ordered the Rueben from a bar, then ran out without paying.
Faulkner allegedly stole the forklift from a construction site on Sunday then drove it two miles to Siebâ€™s Pub to order his sandwich.
“Apparently he was tired of walking and he saw the forklift with the keys in it and seemed like a good idea at the time,” Detective Brian Kohlhepp said.
Investigators say Faulkner was still in the parking lot when officers arrived. Police say he couldnâ€™t get the forklift to go into reverse.
Faulkner is being held at Allegheny County Jail on charges of theft and receiving stolen property. A felony theft charge for stealing the $45,000 forklift and misdemeanor theft for stealing the $8 sandwich. Court records do not list an attorney for him.
The modern forklift was developed in the 1920s by various companies, including the transmission manufacturing company Clark and the hoist company Yale and Towne Manufacturing. The forklift has since become an indispensable piece of equipment in manufacturing and warehousing operations.
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