Posted Nov 28th 2012 1:00PM
Faustino Ibarra is facing charges related to stealing Tim Allen's 1996 Chevrolet Impala last week. Ibarra took the modified sedan from Allen's garage in Los Angeles and drove it more than 1,600 kilometres to Denver, where family members turned him in to local authorities. But the story took a turn for the strange once a local reporter sat down with the thief for an interview. While speaking to a local news outlet from behind bars, the 32-year-old Ibarra said Allen actually gave him permission to take the car because the celebrity had adopted him as his son some years back.
"I emailed my dad the morning I got the car in and everything is fine and I've got the car and it's ready for you and we need to talk about me coming to live with you," Ibarra said. He is currently being held without bond. He will be extradited to California to face charges ranging from grand theft auto to stalking.
Allen had the Impala built with a 32-valve Corvette ZR1 engine with 446 horsepower and a custom interior to serve as his ride of choice to black tie events in the '90s. You can view the interview for yourself below.