College Station Ambulance StolenFeatured Stories, News Monday, November 26th, 2012
Two stolen vehicles in Bryan Monday afternoon turned into a crash in College Station, which led to the driver of the stolen car driving away in an ambulance.
Lt. Craig Anderson of the College Station Police Department says no one was hurt from the second crash.
The ambulance was found about a mile away on Holleman east of Wellborn.
Information courtesy of the College Station Police Department:
On 11/26/12 at about 1501 hours, College Station police officers were dispatched to the area of Jones Butler Road and Harvey Mitchell Parkway South in reference to a major accident. While responding to the area, officers were advised that one of the vehicles involved was stolen out of Bryan.
Bryan Police Department advised that the suspect shoplifted from the Q Beauty at 506 N. Texas Avenue. As he fled the store, the suspect set off the theft detection system. It is unknown what was taken. The suspect then went to CARQUEST at 410 N. Texas Avenue and stole a CARQUEST delivery car from their parking lot that had the keys in it. As the suspect was driving the stolen vehicle, he hit another vehicle at W. Villa Maria Road and Wellborn Road and fled the scene of the accident. A witness followed until the suspect was involved in a second crash at Jones Butler Road and Harvey Mitchell Parkway South.
College Station Fire Department arrived at Jones Butler Road and Harvey Mitchell Parkway South and began checking the drivers for injuries. Before officers arrived on scene, the suspect entered and stole the ambulance, driving toward Holleman Drive. As the suspect was fleeing the area, he drove through the drive-thru of McDonald’s at George Bush Drive and Marion Pugh Drive, striking a concrete pillar resulting in a third crash. Officers searched the area and the ambulance was located at the intersection of Holleman Drive and Carolina Street. The suspect was then taken into custody without incident at that location. Non-incapacitating injuries were reported.
The suspect has been identified as 28 year old Coty Joe Lohse of Bryan. Lohse is currently being charged with first degree felony theft due to the value of the ambulance being approximately $250,000. The case remains under investigation.
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