The delivery vehicle was idling at a gas station when the thief made his move.

By Jelisa Castrodale
April 13, 2021
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Look, we're all well-adjusted adults here, so we already know that there isn't a "best" vehicle to steal. (And we're not just saying that because our moms read this site.) But the absolute worst kind of motor vehicle to make off with is probably the one that an Oklahoma City man recently stole. 

According to the Enid Police Department, 34-year-old Joshua Karpe allegedly helped himself to a Frito-Lay truck—one that had a giant, immediately recognizable picture of Doritos on the side of it—as it idled in the parking lot of a gas station in Oklahoma City. The Frito-Lay driver saw Karpe pulling away with his truck and tried to get him to stop, but the thief kept driving. And driving. And driving. 

Doritos nachos seen at the grocery store
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Karpe led officers on an hour-long chase that covered almost 100 miles and stretched across three counties. The pursuit of the snack chip-covered truck required the participation of four different law enforcement agencies: the Oklahoma City Police Department, the Enid Police Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Garfield County Sheriff's Office. 

"I would love to know the motivation of stealing a truck that's very, very easy to spot and doesn't go very fast," Capt. Jeff Spruill of the Oklahoma City Police Department told KFOR. "What do you think you're going to do with a truck like that?"

Karpe may not have been able to answer that question either, although he did hit at least two different police vehicles before the Enid cops caught up with him. "Officers Brett Moore and Trey Kirkhart located the pursuit turning north on 30th Street," the Enid Police wrote on Facebook. 

"Officer Moore advised the vehicle was traveling extremely slow, so he approached the vehicle and ordered the driver out. The driver complied and was taken into custody. Officer Moore then entered the stolen truck and put it in park to stop it." Karpe was taken back to Oklahoma City, and booked into jail there. 

In 2019, a Tulsa man jumped into the cab of a parked Pepsi 18-wheeler, and took off while the driver was unloading soda from the back. Steven Hart took the truck onto Interstate 44, and was reportedly trying to get to the airport. (We don't even want to know how much it would cost to leave an 18-wheeler in short-term parking.) 

"He was just slinging soda pop through every intersection he blazed through," Sergeant Glenn Uhren of the Tulsa Police Department told Newson6. When it slowed down, an officer tried to climb into the cab, and Hart bailed, leaving the truck in gear. Before anyone could hit the brakes, it rolled into the back of an empty school bus. 

Hart was booked into the Tulsa county jail on charges that included eluding and suspicion of larceny of an automobile. He also tried to "escape from the jail intake area," according to Tulsa World, which earned him an additional charge. 

Huh. Wonder if the jail had a Coke machine?