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Police arrest couple who took pickup for test drive but never returned

FORT KENT, Maine — Police have arrested a  man and woman in New Hampshire who are accused of taking a pickup truck from Fort Kent for a test drive on March 4 and not returning it.

Police located the truck in New Hampshire on March 7 and have arrested the couple, according to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier.

Clarence Ouellette told police that a man and woman went to his home on Highland Avenue at about noon on March 4 to take a look at a blue 2005 Dodge pickup he is selling. Ouellette allowed the couple to take the truck for a test drive.

When they hadn’t returned with the truck about four hours later, Ouellette called the Fort Kent Police Department. Officers Cole Pelletier and Connor Lapierre investigated and determined that the vehicle was last seen heading out of town on Route 161 that afternoon.

Police were seeking two persons of interest for questioning in the case — Matt Gedney, 36, and Jessica Evans, 33, both of New Hampshire. The FKPD worked with police in New Hampshire to locate Gedney and Evans, who were both wanted on arrest warrants in that state for crimes unrelated to the missing pickup truck, according to Pelletier.

On Thursday, March 7, officers with the Pembroke Police Department in New Hampshire arrested Gedney and Evans on the New Hampshire warrants. The New Hampshire police also located Ouellette’s pickup truck. Further charges regarding the stolen pickup truck are pending against the pair, Pelletier said.

The pickup remains in New Hampshire in police custody awaiting release to Ouellette.

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