Stolen car suspect first lets victim buy him breakfast

Stolen car suspect first lets victim buy him breakfast
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A hitchhiker stole a man’s car after he stopped to help him last week, but not until he let the man buy him breakfast, Arizona authorities said.

A 69-year-old Sedona, Ariz., man noticed a hitchhiker Thursday in Oak Creek, Ariz., who appeared cold and looked like he had been sleeping outside, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement about the incident released Monday. When the man stopped to offer him assistance, the hitchhiker identified himself as “Rico” and said he was trying to get to Mexico, the sheriff’s office said.

According to the sheriff’s office, the man bought the hitchhiker breakfast at a nearby restaurant, then offered to withdraw $20 from a bank to help him out. The man drove “Rico” to the bank, and since it was cold outside, left the hitchhiker in the car with the motor running and heat on while he went into the bank, officials said.

When he came out, both “Rico” and the car were gone, the sheriff’s office said.

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