A Denver man is being held without bond after he allegedly stole one of Tim Allen's favorite car, a custom 1996 Chevy Impala SS, and claimed to be his adopted son.
According to Denver police, Faustino Ibarra stole the car from the Home Improvement star's Los Angeles garage and drove it to Denver. After he was arrested by authorities Saturday, the 34-year-old man told a reporter that he didn't steal the car but Allen-whom he claims is his dad- let him borrow it.
"I'm trying to make it simple for you to understand. I didn't break into [Allen's] garage. He left the door open and he left me the keys so I could get the car and take it to Denver," he told Fox affiliate KDVR-TV.
Ibarra told the reporter that Allen adopted him years ago but never wanted to go public with the news. A Denver police spokesman said there was no record of the adoption.
He said he understands his story may sound "a little crazy" but was confident Allen would not press charges against him.
"I emailed my dad the morning that I got the car in and everything is fine and I've got the car and it's ready for you and we need to talk about me coming to live with you," Ibarra said.
Ibarra is currently in jail without bond awaiting extradition to California. He faces charges for car theft and possibly stalking.
Allen's rep declined comment because it is a police matter.