Upstate New York Man Indicted for Stealing Fire Truck
According to a report by Nick Veronica of WIVB, an upstate New York man was indicted by a grand jury after he stole a fire truck from the scene of an EMS call.
According to the report, 25-year-old Yassin A. Abdikadir was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal mischief and obstructing medical services for the July incident. He allegedly jumped in the unattended fire truck and drove it about a mile through downtown Buffalo. He also reportedly hit three cars that were parked on the street and the truck went up in smokes, likely due to the air brakes being engaged.
Abdikadir was also charged for allegedly stealing approximately 50 bottles of alcohol the night before stealing the fire truck, for which he also faces burglary and grand larceny charges.
Well on a list of the most creative ways to go to prison, this is certainly pretty high up. As a general rule of thumb, you probably shouldn't jump into a vehicle that doesn't belong to you and drive away. And you definitely shouldn't steal a fire truck dealing with an emergency call, crash into a number of parked cars, almost set the truck on fire and then try to hide from authorities in a garbage tote. Nine times out of ten, you're probably going to see some jail time for doing something like that.
Abdikadir is scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial conference on November 22, 2022 and he faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.