NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Police in Delaware have arrested a man after he stole his own truck out of a repair shop lot using a front end loader.
Delaware police say they were called early Friday to the Stop-N-Go in New Castle after a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup went missing. Surveillance tapes showed a front end loader with fork lifts attached driving away with the vehicle.
The repair shop owner then called the vehicle’s owner, 30-year-old Donald Smith II of Bear. Smith, whose vehicle was being held because he had defaulted on a payment he owed for work, called back to say he had taken the truck using a front end loader.
Troopers spotted Smith operating the front end loader and gave chase. A 35-minute pursuit ended with Smith driving into a retention pond.