After more than five days, Crain Buick GMC was returned a 2014 GMC Sierra that was taken for a test drive by a Bryant man on Dec. 19.
Dealership employees said the man, 38, was given the keys to the vehicle to drive home, show his wife and then return to the dealership. Despite the agreement, the man, nor the vehicle, never returned.
Police responded to the dealership, located in the 1000 block of Museum Road, to take a report on Christmas Eve around 2:01 p.m.
In the five days between, employees say the man was contacted more than once via text message. On one of the days, the man told employees he would return the next day, however, the next day he texted back to say there had been a death in his family.
According to the police report, Arkansas State Police located the vehicle at a Kum and Go on Maumelle Boulevard in North Little Rock. Surveillance footage showed the suspect leaving the gas station in a different vehicle. A description of the vehicle was not listed in the report.
The pickup truck was returned, at which point the dealership indicated damage was located on the passenger’s side rear door and bumper. The vehicle was valued at $46,622 in the police report.
No arrests were mentioned.
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