Stolen truck suspect caught in Missouri
An Alabama man who took a test drive in a Dan Porter Motors pickup on Wednesday and never returned has been arrested in Missouri.
Kevin C. Twilley, 24, of Fort Payne, Ala., was arrested Friday evening in Saline County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. A warrant for felony theft of property was issued in North Dakota for Twilley, according to state court records.
Dan Porter new car manager Brock White said Twilley talked the dealership's staff into taking an unaccompanied test drive in a white 2011 Toyota Tundra truck valued at close to $40,000.
"He called our general manager from his cellphone," White said. "We had been tracking him for a couple of days and we knew he was in Topeka, Kan., earlier in the day on Friday."
Dan Porter general manager Rob Wilkinson said Twilley had been at the dealership for "a couple of hours" on Tuesday before leaving on a test drive.
"He had been at the bus station in Dickinson, but wasn't able to get on a bus when it closed down," Wilkinson said. "His mother convinced him to call us. Everyone said I was crazy, but I told him that if he brought the truck back, I'd take him to the nearest bus station and buy him a ticket. He agreed to that, but didn't come back. Apparently he had served time for a similar crime, too."
Wilkinson said normally someone would accompany a potential customer on a test drive, but said Twilley "caught us in a moment of weakness" and called him a good "con man."
Wilkinson added that he planned to send someone to Missouri next week to retrieve the vehicle.
"According to the HP, the truck was in good shape -- no dings or scratches or anything," White said. "He pretty much lied through his teeth to us when he took it for a test drive. He said he was going to show the truck to his wife. He said he was going to go pick up his trade and his wife and come back. He didn't come back."
Dickinson Police Department Capt. Joe Cianni told The Press on Thursday that the department was notified of the theft Tuesday evening. When contacted on Saturday, a police dispatcher told The Press to call back on Monday for any information on the case.
A Missouri HP representative said Twilley was taken to the Saline County Jail and placed on a 24-hour hold. It's unknown whether Twilley will be brought back to North Dakota to face charges.