Tim Allen’s customized 1996 Chevy Impala SS was stolen this weekend by a man claiming to be his adopted son.
Faustina Ibarra, 34, was arrested this week in Colorado for driving a car that was taken from the comedian’s Los Angeles home. Ibarra insists that he didn’t steal the car, however, saying that Allen adopted him several years ago and that he told him that he could take the car.
Ibarra claims that he emailed Allen after he arrived in Colorado to tell him that he made the trip safely.
“I emailed Tim, told him everything is fine, the car’s in perfect shape … He left the door open and he left me the keys so I could get the car and take it to Denver … My dad loves the heck out of me. He’s ultra-proud of me and he wants to see the best for me in every way.”
Police, however, aren’t buying Ibarra’s story. The NY Daily News reports that Denver police said that they were alerted by Ibarra’s family that a stolen car was sitting in their driveway. Police believe that Ibarra took the car from Allen’s garage in Hollywood Hills and drove it more than 1,000 miles to Denver.
Allen’s rep told E! News that this was a police matter and couldn’t “comment on it further.”
So did Tim Allen adopt Ibarra? According to KDVR, Ibarra has allegedly been harassing the actor for years, and there is no evidence of an adoption. Ibarra could now face stalking charges if Los Angeles County prosecutors decide to extradite him back to California.