Columbia man admits to stealing boss’ truck to get arrested, away from wife

Hayden Vandiver
Photo: WKRN

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Maury County inmate explained to News 2 why he stole a pickup truck and drove it into a creek last Sunday night.

Hayden Vandiver is accused of breaking into his old place of business and admits damaging property, vandalizing vehicles, and stealing a truck his ex-boss loves.

“I did what a lot of his employees want to do to him,” he told News 2 from behind bars.

Well-spoken and quick to smile, Vandiver explains how he stole the 2012 Dodge 2500 and a trailer valued at over $60,000.

Hayden Vandiver
Courtesy: Columbia Police Department

“It made me feel great because I know it will hurt him,” he said. “He’ll come in the next day and his little baby ain’t sitting there and it is four foot in a creek.”

Surveillance video shows Vandiver stealing the truck from American Stripers in Columbia, where he used to work.

He said he quit more than a year ago but didn’t like the way his boss treated him or anyone else.

“This man disrespects his employees,” Vandiver told News 2.

According to investigators, the 51-year-old drove the expensive truck into a Giles County creek for more than a mile and a half with the doors open until it couldn’t drive anymore.

“The only thing I didn’t like about it was swimming out of it,” Vandiver said, later adding, “I hate people who disrespect their employees and all they care about is whether they are going to work for them.”

Hayden Vandiver
Photo: WKRN

Vandiver’s former boss, Michael Sloan, told News 2 he was a good employee but “showed characteristics of being flawed.”

“You don’t like to take anything personal in business, but I go out of my way to help my guys out a lot,” Sloan said. “I don’t understand why he quit, for no reason. I went to bat for him.”

Sloan said Vandiver used a company credit card to buy personal items, and Vandiver didn’t like it when he was called out on it.

“He thought I was a cheap owner, not buying personal items with company money,” Sloan added.

Vandiver told News 2 he was on drugs when he stole the truck. He also said he did it planning to get caught so he would be incarcerated and forced to leave his wife.

“She is having a bad time right now. She knows I did this to get away from her,” he said.

He was charged with multiple crimes including burglary, vandalism and driving under the influence.

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