Police: Man steals pizza delivery car because he was cold

A 38-year-old man told Middletown police he was cold so he stole a vehicle that belonged to a man delivering pizzas.

Brandon Barker, at large, was charged Dec. 10 with theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and failure to comply with signal of law enforcement officer, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to a police report.

His preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday in Middletown Municipal Court, according to documents.

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A Domino’s pizza delivery man told police he was making a delivery at 4:45 p.m. Dec. 10 in the 3900 block of Roosevelt Boulevard when he left his 2014 Volkswagen Jetta running. When he returned, his car was missing, he told police.

Trenton police officers called Middletown police and said a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle was seen in the area, but the vehicle fled.

Middletown police found the vehicle in the area of Woodlawn Avenue at University Boulevard.

During a pursuit with police, Barker over corrected and struck the barrier of the University bridge, according to police. Barker allegedly got out of the vehicle, placed on the ground by an officer and handcuffed. The registered owner of the vehicle was notified and he retrieved the vehicle. There was no damage to the vehicle and he recovered his receipts, delivery money and tips, police said.

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