Summerfield man finds out broken down pickup wasn’t stolen after all

A Summerfield man called Marion County sheriff’s deputies for help last week after he thought his broken down pickup truck had gone missing.

The 62-year-old man, who lives in the 14900 block of SE 32nd Terrace Rd., told deputies he parked his truck at the Advanced Auto Parts store at 17350 SE 109th Terrace Rd. in Summerfield last Wednesday after it broke down. He said a friend planned to come work on it the next day so he left the keys on the floorboard and the doors unlocked, the report says.

The man said he called the auto parts store to let them know his pickup was in the parking lot, but the clerk he spoke with told him it wasn’t there. The man said he went to the store to see for himself and then drove to the sheriff’s South Multi District Office in The Villages to report the vehicle stolen, the report says.

The man told deputies that the truck, valued at $4,500, had a Marine Corps tag on it and a shattered rear window that was covered in plastic. Deputies then responded to the strip mall where Advanced Auto Parts is located and checked with employees at each store to see if they had seen the missing truck, which they had not.

The next day, the man called the sheriff’s office to report that his truck had been found. Unbeknownst to him, his friend had towed it to his residence for him. The man said the friend contacted him to let him know that he had moved the pickup and he wished to withdraw his report of the truck being stolen, the report says.