Police received a report of a truck stolen out of the parking lot of the Oxford Kroger store at 12:51 p.m. Nov. 13. The victim and his wife had gone into the store to shop, leaving the keys in the Ford F150, which was parked in a handicap space. The discovered the truck missing when they left the store.
Their son drove around the area thinking in might have been a prank, but it was not found and police were called.
Kroger surveillance was not able to provide helpful footage. Later the victim’s son reported he had been told the truck was seen driving north on Morning Sun Road.
A description of the truck was entered in the L.E.A.D.S. computer system and two days later, a truck matching that description was reported seen in the parking of a Springdale motel.
An Oxford officer in an unmarked car confirmed it was the truck parked over two parking spaces and the motel manager was then asked to check with guests to ask them to park it properly.
A man emerged to do so and was taken into custody. He was identified as Dylan Sanford. A title identifying the owner as the man who had made the theft report was found in his wallet.
Three other people were found in the motel room. The truck was towed back to Oxford and Sanford transported in a marked Oxford police cruiser. He was found to have warrants through Oxford as well as several other agencies.
He claimed to have swallowed 15 Xanax while in the booking room, but a review of booking room cameras did not indicate he had actually done so.
He was charged with theft and taken to the Butler County Jail. The officer indicated he was also seeking restitution for the victims for the tow charges for the truck and the victim’s wife reported a check for $231 had been cashed. Even though the check went through, the had canceled their account. They had also paid $70 to obtain a new title for the truck.
They indicated there had been some damage to the truck’s muffler and a problem with the brakes. They were advised to get an estimate and bring it to court.