Two men who pretended to be motorway maintenance workers to steal metal piping from a section of the M6 were caught on a police helicopter camera.
They can be seen getting out a white van near junction 8 and loading it up with steel pipes.
It happened at rush hour on January 15th.
The pair wore high visibility clothing and had an amber roof-top light on their van, in a bid to try and con the authorities and Highways Agency into thinking that they were legitimate workers.
However, CCTV operators became suspicious and called the police.
A police helicopter captures the moment they were caught.
The men aged 59 and 19 from Wolverhampton admitted theft and were ordered to complete 140 hours of unpaid work and £430 in fines.