Margate, FL – Police say they finally know who stole a city fire-rescue truck and drove it to West Palm Beach, where the $200,000 vehicle was found abandoned behind a restaurant.Join our WhatsApp group
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Yosef Huber, 31, of Margate, has been charged with grand theft of over $100,000. He's been in the Broward County Jail without bond for robbing a Bank of America near his home.
"His DNA was found in the cab, an area not accessible to the public, so he can't claim that he was a patient in the truck," said Detective Chip Kollenda, Margate police spokesman. He also said Huber denied any involvement in the bizarre theft.
Firefighters at Fire Station 1, at 5785 Park Drive, had just washed and restocked their cherished truck and left it running as they all stepped into the station for their morning meeting. When the firefighters went back outside, the truck they call "Rescue 1" was gone.
Officials at the time, though embarrassed and shocked, said it's a common practice to leave fire trucks running to keep the interior cool for patients they pick up on emergency calls.
Police throughout South Florida joined in the search for the missing fire truck, which turned up hours later about 40 miles north, behind King's Buffet, in the 1800 block of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.
Investigators used a DNA sample collected from the abandoned truck and matched it to a DNA sample they took from Huber, who they say also fit the description of the man firefighters saw milling around the outside of the station just before the truck was stolen. [FireRescue1]