July 22, 2021Updated July 22, 2021 8:32 AM
FILE – Honolulu Fire Department returns to the station after responding to an incident.
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A man in Hawaii was arrested for stealing a fire truck on Saturday and police found the vehicle and the suspect parked at a 7-11, the Honolulu Fire Department told Hawaii News Now.
Firefighters were responding to a medical call on Farrington Highway in Waianai, western Honolulu at around 3:30 a.m. when the suspect drove away in the fire truck.
When firefighters entered the house to offer assistance, they left the cart running with the lights on, making it easy for the suspect to start the vehicle, Hawaii News Now told. Officials told the news site that this is standard in emergency situations.
The fire department discovered at 4 a.m. that the truck was missing
The fire department notified Honolulu police, who found the stolen vehicle and the suspect minutes later at 7-11 in neighboring Makaha, KITV said.
There were no reported injuries, nothing was missing and there was no damage to the truck.
The 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of having driven a vehicle without permission, KITV said.
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