Man Steals Truck— With Owner Still Inside

Terry Bannick was sleeping in his camper when he got a rude awakening
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2011 11:54 AM CST

(Newser) – When Darwin Brown drove off with Terry Bannick’s truck early yesterday, little did he know he was also driving off with the man’s temporary home—and the man himself, asleep in the back. Bannick awoke to the driver’s side door slamming and the engine revving, he tells the Denver Post. "I tried talking to him, but he wouldn't even look at me" through the back window, Bannick said. "I said, 'Why are you taking my truck? Where are you going?'"

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Brown drove for more than two hours, while Bannick called police on his cell phone. Since he was in the truck’s camper, he had trouble telling cops where they were—and the whole time Brown “could hear me talking to the police," Bannick said. "I don't know what was wrong with him." When he finally figured out his location, police arrived just as the truck ran out of gas. Brown faces auto theft charges—and marijuana possession charges, as cops found marijuana in a backpack in the truck’s cab.
(Read more car theft stories.)

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