(This Footnote to History article was printed on page 15 in the June 3, 1975 edition of the Alabama Journal, and is reprinted word-for-word below.)
His Automobile Has A Homing Instinct
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP)-A man whose car was stolen was hitchhiking home. And the first car to stop to pick him up was, you guessed it, his own.
Police reports said the 1965 auto belonging to Douglas Mac Gibson of Huntsville was taken from the parking lot of a private club early Sunday. Gibson and a friend called officers, who investigated the theft.
A few minutes later Gibson and his companion were walking toward his home and decided to hitchhike.
His own car stopped for him. Police said it was driven by James Adams of Huntsville, who has been charged with auto theft and escape.
The latter charge came when, officer said, Adams tried to flee after police arrived.
Gibson and the friend had gotten Adams to pull off the road and detained him until officers arrived.