Man says he called 911 from bed of stolen truck

DENVER — A Lakewood man who left his pickup truck running in his driveway — only to see it stolen — says he caught up with the vehicle, jumped into the bed and called 911 as the thief drove away.

Thomas Garcia tells The Denver Post he started his truck at about 6:30 a.m. Friday, then returned to his garage no more than 20 feet away to put on his work boots. He looked up when he heard the engine rev and saw the truck backing out of the driveway.

Garcia says he was shoeless when he jumped into the bed and called 911. For the next several minutes, he says, he updated police on his location.

Police say the thief crashed the truck in west Denver before they arrived, and the driver fled the scene.


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