Thursday, May 22, 2008

SUV Stolen While FF Responds to Call!

This is pretty low! Unfortunately they will probably never catch the thief! Granted he left the keys in it which is stupid but to steal a car from the firehouse lot is pretty low.

SUV stolen while Lewes man fights fire
The News Journal * May 22, 2008

A Lewes volunteer firefighter who left his SUV in the parking lot of the Lewes Fire Company while he responded to a fire returned to the station early this morning to find that the vehicle had been stolen, state police said.

The 46-year-old firefighter reported to the station at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and left his blue 1999 Ford Explorer in the parking lot with the keys inside, said state police spokesman Sgt. Joshua Bushweller.

He responded to a reported structure fire on Coastal Highway, and when he returned at about 12:30 a.m., the vehicle was missing.

State police canvassed the area for the vehicle, and a trooper traveling west on Del. 9 near the Sussex East Mobile Home Park spotted a blue Ford Explorer at about 1:30 a.m., Bushweller said.

The Explorer entered the mobile home park, and the driver jumped out of the vehicle and fled into a wooded area, Bushweller said.

Police, including a K-9 unit, were unable to find the suspect, he said.

The vehicle was confirmed to be the stolen 1999 Ford Explorer and turned over to its owner, Bushweller said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call investigators at 644-5020 or Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

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