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Updated: Joyrider Grabs a Bush Buggy

Everybody Hits The Streets Looking For It

Update, 2 pm Mountain:  Truck found.  Scroll down.

THE CALGARY, ALBERTA, FIRE DEPARTMENT is missing a brush truck this morning and a lot of people are out looking for it.

The story began late Friday night around 11 pm when a citizen called the police to report a suspicious activity going on behind Fire Station 4 inside the Emergency Vehicle Maintenance  facility in the Northeast quadrant. 

Scene of the crime  (Google Satellite View)

The Sun relates:

"He sees somebody in the safety maintenance yard … (the suspect) hops into one of their bush buggies and blasts through the fence," Insp. Steve Ellefson said. "I don’t know if he had keys or what but he decided he was going to take one of those and off he went."

It’s believed the fire hall had to be broken into for someone to gain access to the fire truck.

Ellefson said aside from a possible sighting in the community of Abbeydale, nobody has actually traced the vehicle’s location as of press time.

Police were on the hunt with units on the roads and a helicopter in the air. Calgary’s fire department had its resources out looking for its missing truck as well.

UPDATE, 2 pm Mountain:
The stolen truck has been recovered, but no arrest yet.  The Calgary Sun is now reporting:

Police said a fire truck stolen Friday night was spotted several times driving downtown hours later — with the lights and sirens activated.

The truck — a Ford F250 known as a bush buggy — was eventually found Saturday morning parked just a few blocks from where thieves swiped it from a maintenance yard at a fire station in the 1900 block of 18 Ave. N.E. just after 11 p.m.

While no arrest has been made yet, the police are also saying that they have received several good leads from the public.

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