Exclusive: Man says he wasn't notified by Moorhead auto repair shop that his vehicle was stolen
A man wants answers from a Moorhead auto repair shop where his SUV was stolen and he says someone drove 8,000 miles during a joyride that lasted for several days.
Brian Gonzalez, 40, of Gardner, North Dakota said he took his family vehicle to Ace Auto Repair for a variety of work a few weeks ago.
A call from the sheriff's office left him speechless.
“I mean it's a shocker when they bring it back damaged,” Gonzalez said.
According to authorities, Gonzalez's Ford Explorer was taken by 24-year-old Devin Ludwig who now faces several charges.
Ludwig led police on a
near Minnesota State University Moorhead, he was found hiding in a dumpster.
Police said Ludwig stole Gonzalez's vehicle from the Moorhead shop Ace Auto Repair.
“I mean the shop left the keys in there and I don't think this would've happened,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said he wasn't notified by the shop that his vehicle was missing until he got a call from deputies.
Besides driving the SUV thousands of miles, Ludwig is also accused of causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.
“I'm sure I'm looking at about $10,000 to get everything fixed the way it was,” Gonzalez said. “And the car is worth is worth about $3,000 to $6,000.”
Police said Ludwig took the vehicle to Mitchell, South Dakota and was even living inside it.
Officers stated in an incident report that they found several stolen credit and debit cards.
“There was a crack pipe in there...we gave that to the police officers,” Gonzalez said.
Ace Auto Repair told police they didn't realize Gonzalez’s vehicle was stolen and the surveillance cameras weren't working, according to an incident report.
Gonzalez said he wants his SUV repaired by the repair shop and Ludwig.
We reached out to Ace Auto Repair and they declined to comment on the theft.