Police say a man drove off the lot of a Lakewood dealership with a used car Saturday, in such a hurry that he left the trunk open.
He didn’t keep it, though, officers said.
Or rather, police didn’t let him, since he allegedly stole the vehicle out from under the owner’s nose.
The owner parked his car at the dealership about 2:45 p.m. at 11503 Pacific Highway Southwest and left his keys on the dash board as he walked to the back of the car and opened the hatchback trunk to get his belongings from the car.
Meanwhile, another man hopped into the driver’s seat and started the car, then drove off with the back still open, according to police.
The owner of the car wasn’t hurt.
Just before 4 p.m., Pierce County deputies arrested a 28-year-old suspect in the 11500 block of Sheridan Avenue South in Parkland, while responding to a disturbance call there.
According to the Lakewood police report, the suspect admitted to the car theft. He was booked into jail on suspicion of the theft and charges related to the disturbance call.