Auburntown fire truck stolen for joy-ride
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 3:51 pm
Who took a joyride in the Auburntown Fire Department truck?
Auburntown and Cannon County Sheriff's Department officials are looking for an answer to that mystery.
Deputy Gregory Pauls was patrolling the Auburntown City Limits early on Thursday (April 9).
"After approximately two hours started to go back through the city and found that the Auburntown Fire Department bay doors were open and their First Responder Truck was not in the fire hall," Pauls reported.
A check with dispatch revealed that the fire department had not been called out. Dispatchers notified Fire Chief Chris Blackburn who responded to the fire hall.
The fire truck, a 2000 Chevy Blazer, was red in color and loaded with thousands of dollars of rescue equipment including an AED (automated external defibrillator), a jump kit, two oxygen tanks and medical gear including splints, c-collars and bandages.
Officials immediately reported the vehicle as stolen and listed it on the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) database.
The fire department vehicle was ultimately recovered - no worse for wear - on state Route 96 near R.W. Daveport Road.
Chief Blackman spotted the truck parked on top of a hill on the north side of Highway 96.
"The vehicle was in good running condition and all of the emergency equipment was still inside. The ignition key had been taken from the key ring and the ring was thrown in the grass approximately 100 feet away from the vehicle," Sgt. Mike Williams reported.
Investigator Chris Brown was called to the scene and processed the vehicle. No visible prints were found.
"There was an oily residue and it appears the suspect(s) wiped the surfaces down after parking it," Williams said.
Officers made an unusual arrest April 14 when they charged Matthew Wayne Kress with driving on a suspended license.
Assault, DUI charges
Andrew T. Ellis, violation of probation.
Mark Dodd, violation of probation.
Woodbury Police department
Marro Brendan Franklin was charged with driving on a suspended license by Patrolman John House. A hearing is set for May 12 in General Sessions Court.
Aaron V. Moon was charged with public intoxication and simple possession of marijuana by Patrolman J. Hayes. A hearing was set for General Sessions Court.