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Ambulance Thief Caught by Dash Cam & Facebook

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Not Supposed To Drink and Drive

CHARLES WEAVER’S CAREER AS AMBULANCE THIEF was over in less than 12 hours Monday.  Weaver, 18, decided to steal a Medstar ambulance that happened to have an active dash cam that captured him behind the wheel as he piloted the unit through the town of Orange Beach, Alabama, before abandoning it nearby a home where he spent the remainder of the night.

The Orange Beach police department placed a still photo from the video on their Facebook page and within a very short time he was identified by a viewer.  He was tracked down and arrested that afterno0n.

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The ambulance was parked behind the Orange Beach Fire Department during the night, unlocked and with the keys in the ignition.  [Bet they don’t do that anymore … ed.] continues the story:

The ambulance was taken about 2 a.m. Monday from the Orange Beach fire station at The Wharf on Canal Road, according to Orange Beach police Lt. Steve Brown.

“Basically he got left by friends at The Wharf,” Brown said. “They had been there at one of the local establishments within The Wharf and his friends left him there intentionally. Basically because of his conduct and they didn’t want anything to do with him so they left him. And he found a way to get to where he needed to be.

“He took the ambulance because he found it unlocked, of course, with the key in it sitting behind Fire Station No. 5.”

Brown said Weaver’s behavior was attributed to alcohol consumption. “Don’t know how much, of course,” Brown said, “but he was acting up and they didn’t want to have anything to do with him and they left him there.”

The theft was discovered  at 5:30 am when the ambulance crew went out to respond on an emergency call.  An immediate alert to HQ brought up the location by the onboard GPS unit and the police were led to where it had been left.  Late in the morning the PD posted the photo on the social network and Weaver was soon triggered by readers.  Sometime between then and his capture he had his hair cut, but that didn’t help him any.

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He was booked on a motor vehicle theft charge and released on $7,500 bail.

Read’s reports HERE and HERE.

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