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Police: Man tried to steal tow truck to get away from woman

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Mathew Damon, 29, is facing a theft charge after trying to steal a tow truck. (Photo courtesy of Salt Lake County Jail)

A man was arrested in Salt Lake City after trying to steal a tow truck.

Court documents state Matthew Damon, 29, is facing a theft charge.

A running tow truck was left unattended on Thursday morning at 354 West 1700 South.

Damon allegedly entered the truck through the passenger door and attempted to sit on the driver side, according to police.

The driver of the vehicle confronted Damon, and he ran away.

After police tracked down Damon, he said he entered the truck with the intent to steal it because he was being chased by a woman.

He was then taken into custody for the attempted theft.