Forklift thief crashes, then distracts policePolice allege a man made up a story about a shooting to distract them from investigating a stolen forklift he had crashed into a river footbridge in Adelaide.
They said the 22-year-old Underdale man stole the forklift from a food distribution business at suburban West Hindmarsh.
Just after 11:00pm on Tuesday he was doing burn-outs on the River Torrens bike track at Flinders Park, crashed into a footbridge and the forklift got stuck.
Neighbours heard the crash and called police.
While officers were searching for the man, someone telephoned from a house at Underdale to report a shooting.
Police went to the house and ended up arresting the caller.
They allege he was the forklift thief and made up the shooting story as a distraction.
He has been charged with offences including creating a false belief.