Pickup recovered after being mistakenly taken from Old Town restaurant by elderly driver

Posted Nov. 22, 2012, at 2:07 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 22, 2012, at 11:53 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Police have recovered a gold Ford pickup that was “stolen” from the Governor’s Restaurant parking lot on Thanksgiving morning.

The truck’s owner told police he left the 2006 F-150 extended cab unlocked and running for less than five minutes while he ran inside the restaurant on Stillwater Avenue to pick up a food order.

When he came out shortly after 10 a.m., his truck was gone, Old Town police Sgt. Mike Hashey said late Thursday morning.

An elderly Old Town woman left the restaurant shortly after the driver of the Ford walked in and reportedly confused the truck for her own vehicle. She hopped in and drove it home. Hashey said the woman owns a similar vehicle.

Police interviewed Governor’s employees and patrons, but no one noticed the woman drive off with the truck. The Old Town Governor’s does not have surveillance cameras with a view of the parking lot area, Hashey said.

Residents and police agencies were asked to be on the lookout for the missing truck.

A friend of the woman called police to report where the vehicle was. The truck was taken to Old Town Police Department, where the owner was expected to pick it up.

No charges were filed in connection with the incident, Hashey said.

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