MONROE — A man stole a City of Monroe Public Works truck because he wanted to make the 286-mile drive home to Spokane, according to police. His journey was cut short at mile two.
The Spokane man, 29, hopped into the driver’s seat of a 2008 Ford F-250 that was running at a job site at Kelsey and Powell streets, said Debbie Willis, a spokeswoman for Monroe police.
The theft was reported at 1:24 p.m. Monday. Minutes later police found the truck pulling into a parking lot at West Coast Nursery, off Highway 203. The driver surrendered. He told police he’d been visiting friends in Monroe, but he’d lost contact with them and felt desperate to get home, Willis said.
The truck wasn’t damaged.
Police gave the man a 20-mile ride to the Snohomish County Jail, where he was booked for investigation of motor vehicle theft and violating his parole through the state Department of Corrections.