Missing food pantry truck found, questions remain

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OKLAHOMA CITY,Okla.-- We first told you last week about the man caught on camera stealing a truck from the Thrift Store that partners with Other Options food pantry.

The truck was found early Tuesday at Metal Check scrap yard, but it's not a fairy tale ending yet.

It ended up at a metro impound; a slightly spray-painted truck is what the thief drove into the scrap yard and sold for $800.

"We found the truck, which was amazing. It was by accident; a friend of us called us and said they saw the truck at a place called Metal Check," Mary Arbuckle, Executive Director of Other Options Food Pantry.

That all happened early Tuesday morning. The owners went to Metal Check off 35 and SE 59th to get their truck back.

"I had the title for it and that's when they informed me they had a notarized bill of sale, and that it was their truck," Owner and Manager of Thrift City John Johnson said.

Police were called and the truck was taken to impound for the ownership to be resolved in court.

"They said they had an investment into the vehicle of $800 and they had a notarized bill of sale, and so they refused to give the truck to us," Arbuckle says.

Owners were surprised to find the truck in basically the same conditions, other than a bad attempt to cover up the logo. And it was still full of donations.

"I told them, no I'm not going to pay for my truck again, it's your mistake. You're the ones that paid him for a stolen truck," Johnson said.

Metal Check canceled an interview with NewsChannel 4, but within minutes the non-profit director called us back with good news.

"Thank you Channel 4 and Leslie, for being on our side and after you made that phone call, about a half hour later, we got a call from them saying that they decided that we could have our truck back," Arbuckle says.

Although they are grateful for their truck back, they still have questions for Metal Check.

"They got around the law, this is supposed to be an un-repairable vehicle of 10 years or older. So they did not have to have a title to buy it. Well, key word is it got driven into the lot, but somehow they were able to get this bill of sale notarized," Arbuckle says.

The truck still has several thousand dollars worth of damages including a missing ramp.

An anonymous donor has agreed to sell Other Options a new truck at a large discount.

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