BURLEY — A Boise car thief was foiled when his stolen pickup ran out of gas and a state trooper stopped to help, according to the Idaho State Police.
Jedediah Owens, 22, was charged Tuesday with felony receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle after the officer discovered Owens did not have a driver’s license and the vehicle had a dealer license plate.
The trooper stopped to help Owens on Interstate 84 near milepost 222 after he saw the silver 2012 Dodge Ram pickup at the shoulder of the road.
Owens told the officer he was out of gas and help was on the way.
The officer noticed the front windshield was shattered and partially perforated. Owens said another driver had thrown something at the vehicle breaking the windshield.
Owens told the officer that a friend, who worked at Sunset Motors in Boise, lent him the pickup so he could go see his girlfriend.
The officer called the car dealership and the owner said no employee by the name Owens gave the officer worked there — and that a pickup worth $13,000 was missing.
The officer found two additional dealer plates in the vehicle, and the owner said the car lot’s office had been broken into.
A blue mountain bike was found in the bed of the truck, and a surveillance photo at the car dealership showed a man arriving on a bike matching Owens’s description.
Detectives also found shoe prints at the dealership that matched the tread on Owens’s shoes.