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Publish Date: 3/24/2005

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Longmont Police officers look over a stolen truck at Fifth Avenue and Kimbark Street in Longmont on Wednesday night after police used stop sticks two different times to slow the driver. The suspect is believed to have taken the vehicle, which was left running outside of a liquor store near 17th Avenue and Main Street around 8:30 p.m.Times-Call/Joshua Buck

Truck thief stops for fast food


LONGMONT — A man who stole a truck left running outside of a liquor store near 16th Avenue and Main Street on Wednesday night took a spin through Sonic to pick up food and then led police on a low-speed chase.

Police arrested Larry Ray Allman, 47, on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, criminal mischief, eluding, driving on a revoked license and reckless driving about two hours after the theft.

Sgt. Gary Schmidt of the Longmont Police Department said Wednesday night that additional arrest charges may be added.

Kenny Kissner, the truck’s owner, said he left his 1998 Dodge 4x4 running as he went inside the liquor store at about 8:30 p.m. As he was paying, he and the cashier heard the squeal of tires as his truck was stolen.

Surveying the shredded tires and slight front-end damage to the truck, Kissner said police did a great job. He told officers the incident was the result of “my stupidity” for leaving the truck running.

But Kissner was a little put off that Allman stopped for food and left the trash in his truck.

“He went to Sonic. Can you believe that?” he asked.

He said officers responded in less than two minutes.

Schmidt said the officer who investigated found help in the bar Group Therapy, which is in the same shopping center. People there were able to identify the apparent thief, which helped officers locate him.

Allman then led officers through Longmont starting near Lashley Street and St. Clair Avenue, north on Lashley to 17th Avenue, west on 17th to Collyer Street, south to Ninth Avenue and east to Kimbark Street. He and the truck finally came to rest at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Kimbark, but the tires were ripped to shreds because police used stop sticks — tools used to pop tires in chases — at 17th and Lashley and again at Ninth and Collyer.

Schmidt said Allman’s last known address was in Longmont, but that he may have been living recently in Arizona.

Pierrette J. Shields can be reached at 303-684-5273, or by e-mail at pshields@times-call.com.

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