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Florida Man Takes Ford Truck For a Test Drive, Never Comes Back

A Marion County man pulled a Kramer on a Bellview car dealership over the weekend when he took one of their vehicles for a test drive, and never came back.

Lloyd Edward Kraft, 76, went into the Prestige Auto located on 6041 SE Abshier Blvd., and asked to test drive a red 1997 Ford F-250 on Friday afternoon.

After handing ove his license and phone number, Kraft took off in the pickup. A dealership employee followed along during the test drive. But Kraft soon shook him, and the Prestige Auto employee lost sight of him.

According to the Ocala Star Banner, turns out Kraft gave the dealership a fake number before they handed him the keys to a red 1997 Ford F-250 valued at $5,000.

The employee spotted Kraft again, but, again, the 67 year old was able to shake him off his tail.

According to Prestige, some would-be customers like to take vehicles to mechanics to have them take a look before committing to purchasing it. But that should take no more than an hour.

Kraft and the Ford truck had apparently been gone for three hours before the dealership decided that they had been duped, and called the cops.

Eventually, a Marion County Sheriff's deputy spotted Kraft and pulled him over.

Kraft claimed he was using the truck for work and planned to return it to the dealership. He also told cops that the whole thing was an "honest misunderstanding."

Kraft is facing grand theft auto charges. He was taken to the Marion County Jail and he has no bond.

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