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Police arrest man accused of stealing Bellefonte Borough vehicle

By: Lauren Hensley

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- The search for a man accused of stealing the Bellefonte Borough fire chief's emergency vehicle ended with an arrest Wednesday. Police said Jason Wenrick is responsible for stealing an official Bellefonte Borough vehicle and taking it for a joyride over the weekend.

"This is just one of those things that looks to be random and one of those things that can happen," Ralph Stewart, Bellefonte Borough manager said.

According to police, the emergency service vehicle belonged to the Bellefonte fire chief.

They said it was parked outside of his home with the doors locked and the keys in the center console. It was reported missing and later found crashed on Garbrick Road in Spring Township.

"I got that call Sunday morning that the fire chief's vehicle had been stolen from his driveway and at that point all we knew was that it had been spotted in the Centre Region several times," Stewart said.

According to the criminal complaint, there was damage to the right front end and the fender. Police released an image of a man who was believed to be the driver joyriding in the stolen vehicle.  Thanks to the community, police were able to identify the man as Wenrick.

"That is very favorable, we appreciate that. All of the input from the community that always does help, it tends to help solve these kinds of crimes when they do happen," Stewart said.

Wenrick is facing several charges, including receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of an automobile and several other traffic violations.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times