A former junior firefighter with the Strinestown Community Fire Department has been charged with stealing one of the department’s fire trucks and taking it for a joyride last Sunday.
The youth was observed on surveillance video using a stolen Ford Explorer to push in an overhead door to access the fire station. He then donned turnout gear and drove Rescue 26 out of the building.
Police reported the received reports of a fire truck driving erratically, and that Rescue 26 was eventually located after being stuck in a field in Hellam Township. A suspect wearing turnout gear was observed fleeing the scene.