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Del. man steals own truck out of repair shop

Saturday, September 15, 2012

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. His vehicle was being held because he had defaulted on a payment he owed for work.

Smith later 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.

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