A Houston man is in custody after being arrested by police on Thursday night for allegedly stealing an ambulance then going to get fast food.
Police claim the suspect jumped in the vehicle and drove away while paramedics were on a call at an apartment complex. Authorities were able to track down the ambulance to a nearby Jack in the Box. When police arrived at the fast food franchise, they saw the vehicle in the drive-thru line ordering food with the emergency lights flashing.
The man was reportedly taken into custody without incident. At the moment, it is unclear what he’s being charged with since the incident is still under investigation.
This isn’t the first time an ambulance has gone missing in the area. In 2019, a man stole an emergency vehicle from outside a psychiatric facility in Houston. When he was caught, he confessed to the police that he only took the ambulance to buy food and cigarettes. He was able to obtain some KFC and smokes before being found.
Grand Theft Ambulance, we’re sure, works up an appetite.
Southwest patrol and CST officers just recovered a stolen ambulance S. Post Oak and W. Orem. Paramedics were on a call when male jumped in and drove off. Officers tracked the ambulance to a fast food outlet where the driver was at the drive up ordering food with emergency lights. pic.twitter.com/iQdyh6y5De
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 22, 2021