Undie hero: Gold Coast dad confronts alleged thieves in underwear

A Gold Coast dad has become a local hero after he ran into his street wearing nothing but his undies to confront two alleged thieves.

Steve Middleton took matters into his own hands on Boxing Day when he allegedly woke to find two men trying steal from his daughter’s car.

“I actually woke up to go fishing. My alarm went off, I jumped out of bed, looked out my window and saw a torch in my daughter’s car,” he told Today on Tuesday.

“So I jumped into action straight away.”

The only thing he had time to do before running into the street in Mermaid Waters was pop on a pair of underwear.

“Realised I was starkers so had to put something on, didn‘t want to scare them too much.”

Mr Middleton said the incident happened “so quickly” that when he approached his daughter’s car he didn’t notice the two young men were allegedly carrying weapons.

“All I was doing was trying to was wrestle the young fella down,” he said.

“I was more screaming out for the neighbours and trying to get some help so we can just apprehend the young fella.

The tradie said he used one of the alleged thieves’ bodies as a shield as the other allegedly tried to swing at him with a baseball bat and a knife.

“He was only a little fella, easy enough to throw around,” he joked.

“I don‘t think they had the intention of doing any harm, but [he was] just trying to get his mate free and get the hell out of there.”

Mr Middleton said his children have been “taking the Mickey out of him” since the heroic incident.

“All my mates are calling me Captain Undies at the moment,” he said.

“The youngest one wants to buy me personalised number plates.”

A QLD police spokesperson told NCA NewsWire no arrests have been made in relation to the incident and investigations are ongoing.

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