While former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer was live on-air Friday morning, he learned his car had been stolen from a Fargo radio station’s parking lot.
While Schafer, 77, was guest hosting the “News and Views” program on local station KFGO, police phoned the station to see if he was the owner of a 2020 Yukon, he told the outlet. He was told that a thief had stolen the car from the station’s parking lot in order to drive himself to a probation office and turn himself in, the former governor learned from the station’s receptionist.
“I was on-air and the receptionist came in and said, ‘The police are on the line. Do you own a 2020 Yukon?’” he recalled. “I said, ‘yes,’ and she said, ‘It was stolen and they have it.’”
The vehicle has a push-button start feature, which requires a key fob. Schafer admitted that he had a bad habit of leaving a spare fob in the vehicle.
Schafer, the U.S. agriculture secretary for former President George W. Bush, said that he had been warned about the habit by his wife.
“My wife, for 31 years, has said, ‘Why don’t you lock your car?’” Schafer said.
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