A man who stole his father’s truck and parked it next to a police officer in March is now serving probation.

Matthew C. Hosfield, 34, Lebanon, approached Zionsville Police Officer Joshua Stutesman in the Meijer parking lot in Whitestown to tell him about flowers he was giving to people to make them happy.

Then Hosfield stopped Stutesman again to show what he found while dumpster diving, according to court records.

Hosfield seemed nervous talking to Stutesman, which was odd, since he approached Stutesman twice, the officer reported.

Stutesman got into his cruiser, and Hosfield got into a 2013 Chevrolet truck, but Stutesman checked the license plate and learned the truck was reported as stolen.

Hosfield had a knife and methamphetamine in his pocket and a syringe stashed above the driver’s seat in the truck headliner, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police returned the truck to Hosfield’s father, who said his son borrowed it “for a few hours” March 18 and never returned it.

Hosfield pleaded guilty this week to auto theft and possession of methamphetamine. Boone Circuit Court Judge Matthew Kincaid sentenced him to two years for each count, but the sentences will run concurrently, or at the same time.

Hosfield had credit for 210 days already served, and Kincaid suspended 310 days in favor of probation.

He still faces a pending charge of possession of a narcotic drug filed in 2018 in Hendricks County.

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