Thief Caught During 5-Hour Joyride
A 19-YR.-OLD VAGRANT STOLE an ambulance in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Tuesday night and putted around the Pittsburgh-area county for several hours until a police officer spotted him standing next to the unit at a convenience store, taking a break. It is believed, but not yet proven, that Jonathon David Miracle was also involved in two collisions during his spree.
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The Eastern Area PreHospital Services EMS unit was parked at the ambulance station in Swissvale when it was discovered to be missing at 9 pm. A call went out immediately to the local police departments and then it was found around 2 am. KDKA-TV reports:
Around 2 a.m. Wednesday, Rostraver Police spotted the ambulance along State Route 51 and saw 19-year-old Jonathan Miracle, who is homeless, standing next to the vehicle. Police say they spotted Miracle next to the vehicle’s open door and was not wearing typical Emergency Medical Services clothing.
Miracle was charged with a felony count of receiving stolen property.
He will be charged separately in Swissvale for stealing the ambulance. The Pittlsburgh Tribune-Review adds:
After being arrested, Miracle admitted to taking the ambulance, said Rostraver Police Chief Greg Reseter. Miracle told investigators he was trying to get back to the Chicago area, where he has family.
The ambulance was fully stocked with medications and supplies, including narcotics, but none of it appeared to have been disturbed, Reseter said.
State police also were investigating an accident that may have involved Miracle and the ambulance elsewhere in Westmoreland County. Rostraver police charged Miracle with receiving stolen property, and Swissvale police will charge him with stealing the ambulance. State police may file additional charges related to the accident, Reseter said.
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