Man steals truck, takes owner on wild ride

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Chandler police are searching for a suspect who stole a pickup truck and took its owner on a wild ride through city streets. By Jennifer Thomas Chandler police are searching for a suspect who stole a pickup truck and took its owner on a wild ride through city streets. By Jennifer Thomas

CHANDLER -- Chandler police are searching for a suspect who stole a pickup truck and took its owner on a wild ride through city streets.

On Dec. 18, Maricopa resident Edgar Campos, 17, was with some friends listening to music being played from his truck’s stereo near Arizona Avenue and Ray Road in Chandler when an unknown male entered the truck and began to leave.

Chandler police Detective David Ramer said Campos jumped into the bed of the truck in an attempt to stop the theft and the suspect drove away.

In an effort to force Campos from the bed of the truck, Ramer said the suspect repeatedly swerved and drove recklessly. The suspect went through a red light on Arizona Avenue at Ray Road where video footage from a photo red-light camera captured a portion of the dangerous driving.

The suspect then drove to the area of Queen Creek and Price Road where he ordered Campos out of the vehicle at gunpoint. Ramer said Campos complied and the suspect fled again in the truck.

On Dec. 27, the truck was found stripped of parts on the Gila River Indian Community.

The suspect is described as a Native American with a medium build, 25 to 35 years old and 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall. He was last seen wearing a black beanie cap.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130.