Man asks for test drive, takes off in car

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PLAINFIELD, Ind. (April 15, 2016) - A man asking to test drive a car at a Plainfield auto shop took off and didn't bring the car back.

The theft happened April 14. Employees at Extreme Auto Sales in Plainfield said the suspect came into the store asking to test drive a 2007 blue Dodge Ram, one of the priciest cars on the lot. He handed over a license and wrote down his phone number. Employees said that's standard procedure for test driving.

Most interested car buyers take 15 to 20 minutes to test drive. Employees said the suspect took more than an hour. That's when they started to get worried.

"We started to investigate whether his ID was actually legitimate," said Chris Utsler, owner of Extreme Auto Sales.

The man's phone number didn't work and his ID was fake. The whole interaction was caught on surveillance camera before the suspect took off.

"After watching the video tape, he seemed a little edgy and uncomfortable," Utsler said.

Friday, car shop employees received a call that the truck was stopped a few miles down the road. The truck still had markings and signs that read "Extreme Auto Sales."

The truck was towed to a secure location where employees will find out if there's any significant damage. They'll also make new keys, so the suspect can't try to steal the car again.

Police have not said if a suspect is in custody, although, the man in the surveillance video was no where to be found when employees picked up the truck Friday morning.

This is the second major car break-in and theft at an auto shop in Plainfield this month. Just last week, a man was caught on surveillance video attempting to steal a truck at another auto shop.

Police have not said if the two cases are connected.

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