MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — St. Paul police are looking for a man they say took a delivery driver’s minivan and then returned it the next day.
It was around 8 p.m. Saturday when Sky, 32 — who did not want to give his last name — was making some final deliveries.
He was three blocks away from his store, Maverick’s Pizza at 1215 Randolph Avenue in the Macalester-Groveland area, when he stopped at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Griggs Street.
“There was a fellow in the street walking around with no direction,” Sky said. “He slowly meandered towards my driver’s side window.”
That is when the man demanded Sky get out of the van. Police say he quickly got out because the man looked intimidating.
Mitch Johnson, owner of Maverick’s, says he received a call from Sky soon after.
“He sounded nervous, he sounded scared,” Johnson said. “By the time I was able to get over to him, the police finished the report and he walked back.”
Johnson says Sky then borrowed another car and went back out with the rest of the deliveries he had to make.
“Well, the people ordered the pizza,” Sky said.
Johnson got a call in his shop the next day in the middle of the afternoon from an unknown man.
“He was very emotional, really excited,” Johnson said. “He’s apologizing, saying he’s the one who stole the car and said he’s ‘really sorry, doesn’t know what he was doing.'”
The man told Johnson he had a mental illness and said the car was parked several blocks away at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus School. Sure enough, it was there with the keys on the dash.
The car thief is described as a white male in his mid-30s with a stocky build and a beard. He was wearing a Twins baseball cap at the time of the carjacking. Police are still searching for him.
Sky says he is thankful for getting his van back and hopes the man gets the help he needs.
Unfortunately, Sky’s bike was stolen the next night.