Man Steals First Date’s Car To Go Pick Up Other Date

Published July 19, 2018

“He drove off. I came outside and my car was gone.”

Kelton Griffin

Shelby County Sheriff’s OfficeKelton Griffin was charged with property theft.

A woman from Memphis, Tenn. has a great worst first date story to tell after the man she was with stole her car in order to go on a date with her godsister, WREG reported.

Faith Pugh knew Kelton Griffin in high school, but the two had mostly fallen out of touch. So it was unexpected when Pugh got a text from Griffin asking her to dinner.

“He just out of the blue texted me and asked me to go out,” Pugh told.

Despite the randomness of the request, she agreed. However, the July 14 date got off to a poor start when he showed up at her house with no car. “I don’t know who dropped him off. He just got dropped off,” Pugh said.

It only went downhill from there.

The two wound up taking Pugh’s black Volvo. But according to Local Memphis, Pugh asked him to take the driver’s seat.

Police said Griffin, who couldn’t decide where he wanted to take her, stopped at a gas station. “He asked me could I go in the gas station for him to get a cigar,” Pugh told WREG.

For some reason, she obliged. But when she returned to the car, she was in for another surprise: Griffin wasn’t there, and neither was her car. “He drove off,” she said. “I came outside and my car was gone.”

Pugh called police. According to the affidavit, when she tried to reach Griffin her calls went ignored. By that point, he had also deleted her from his social media pages.

Pugh had her mother pick her up from the gas station, which was around the same time the next shock of the night occurred.

Pugh allegedly received a text from her godsister, saying that Griffin had asked her out, and was coming to pick her up at her grandmother’s house.

It’s unclear if the godsister knew that Pugh and Griffin were on a date earlier that night.

Pugh said that she and her mother were initially able to use the GPS on her godsister’s phone to tail Griffin, but then they lost him.

A little while later, police said Pugh’s godsister told her through text that Griffin had taken them to the Summer Drive-in Movie theater.

Once police arrived at the drive-in, they located Griffin and Pugh’s second date of the night sitting in the stolen car watching a movie.

“He let her drive, so she drove him to the drive-in,” Pugh said. “He didn’t even have any money. She actually paid their way to get in the drive-in just so I could get my car back.”

Police arrested Griffin on the spot and charged him with theft of property.

On July 16 he was arraigned at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and is currently in jail on $10,000 bond.

Which is completely fine with Pugh.

“I hope he’s in jail for a long time,” she said, adding, “I never want to speak to him ever again.”

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Kara Goldfarb
Kara Goldfarb is a writer living in New York City.