Car thief nabbed in Montana

Published 11:02am Thursday, September 27, 2012

A man who allegedly stole a car from in front of the Fergus Falls DU-HA building Monday night didn’t pick the smartest way to fuel up the vehicle on Wednesday, resulting in his arrest in Big Timber, Mont.

Fergus Falls police received a call shortly after 6 p.m. from Big Timber law enforcement reporting that Steve Dean Johnson, 60, was in custody for possessing a stolen Geo Metro owned by a Fergus Falls man.

Johnson, who is homeless, stopped at a Big Timber law enforcement office that day to ask for a gas voucher.

Officers ran a routine check of the car’s license plate and discovered it had been stolen.

Johnson allegedly told law enforcement that a man with dark hair had given him the car and keys recently.

The car, which had its keys inside when it was taken, had only an eighth of a tank of gas when it was stolen, and at this time police don’t know how Johnson filled up the tank to get to Montana.

Big Timber is close to the middle of Montana, off of Interstate Highway 90, which connects to Interstate Highway 94.

Police said Johnson is expected to be charged in Otter Tail County with motor vehicle theft and added that he could be charged in Montana for possessing stolen property.

The owner of the car must make arrangements to get the vehicle back to Fergus Falls.

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