Truckspotting: Thief Claims the Radio Told him to Steal Ford F-150 Truck

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2015 Ford F-150

Despite his excuse, he is still being charged with grand larceny. Oh, and cops found suspected heroin in the truck, too.

Imagine that you are outside working in your yard and a “disoriented and intoxicated” stranger approaches you and requests a lift in your Ford F-150 truck that’s sitting in the driveway. And he’s not asking for just any ol’ ride around the block either; he wants you to drive him to the next county. You politely decline and turn to continue your work, and that’s when you notice that the drunken stranger is taking off with your truck!

Then a few hours later, the guy who stole your Ford pickup calls you to tell you that he’s bringing it back. That is exactly what happened to a Ford truck owner earlier this month, and this story isn’t from The Onion; it is from West Virginia.

Bummin’ a Ride

According to a police report shared by the Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, West Virginia, on April 3, a Ford F-150 owner whose name was not revealed was working in his yard, using his truck to move equipment around the property. Sometime before 6 p.m., an intoxicated man stumbled onto the property of the Ford owner and asked for a ride to Lincoln County, but the homeowner and truck owner told the wanderer that he wasn’t able to drive him that far.

The homeowner continued with his work, moving around to the rear of the house, at which point he heard his F-150 start and drive away. The man who had asked for a ride had stolen the Ford pickup, leading to the owner calling the police at 6:03 p.m.

2006 Ford F-150

He called the police again at 9:06 p.m. to let them know that the truck thief had called to let him know that the truck was being returned. (Although the report does not mention how the Ford truck thief acquired the victim’s phone number, we’re glad that this caper had a somewhat happy ending.) At 9:36, the stolen truck pulled back into the owner’s driveway, at which point police descended on the vehicle and removed the thief. The truck was being followed by another vehicle, presumably the thief’s ride home, and the owner of that vehicle was taken into custody as well.

Facing the Music

The man who stole the F-150 was 37-year-old Joshua Adkins of Branchland, and his ride home was 24-year-old Susan Clay, also of Branchland. Both of them were driving on a suspended license, having lost them for unpaid tickets. So, Clay was cited for that and released, but her Chevy Cobalt was towed away.

As for Adkins, he was charged with grand larceny for stealing the truck and driving on a suspended license, but things got worse for him during the arrest. Adkins had 1 gram of suspected heroin and 8 milligrams of Suboxone, a narcotic pain killer, so it is likely that he was high on one of both of those drugs when he first stole the truck. In any case, he was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

2018 Ford F-150

There is no word as to whether or not the truck was harmed while in the possession of the thief, but he explained that he stole the truck because “voices on the radio told him to do it” and he returned the truck because he wanted to “right his wrongs.” The owner of the truck is likely glad to have it back, provided that it wasn’t destroyed.

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