VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A Virginia Beach firefighter said his car was stolen from outside of the Sandbridge station on Monday morning. Police tracked it down later that same day.
Master Firefighter Jon Elliot was preparing to leave the station and head to another one around 7:30 a.m. He says then someone drove off with his 2011 Acura TSX.
“For this to happen right from behind the back door of the fire station…is pretty discouraging actually that someone would be that brazen and disrespectful to someone who’s trying to earn an honest living,” he said.
The sedan had been parked near the building and running as Elliot was loading up his belongings. He walked inside quickly to say goodbye to the crew. He then came back out, and the car was gone.
“I have no idea where they came from, but either they were waiting for me to go in, or I just have the worst timing in the world,” he said. “I was gone less than 60 seconds, and so was my car.”
Elliot said his uniforms were in the car, along with several personal belongings. He is most upset that his lap top, containing family photographs and school work, was among the items taken.
The fire station does not have surveillance cameras. Elliot filed a police report.
A Chesapeake Police official confirmed the stolen car was involved in a hit and run crash just after 4 p.m. at the intersection of Mount Pleasant Road and Centerville Turnpike. The driver of the stolen car reportedly rear-ended another vehicle. There was minor damage to both cars, and no injuries reported. The driver then fled in the stolen car on Mount Pleasant towards Battlefield Boulevard.
Elliot tells WAVY.com that police recovered the vehicle late Monday night. There’s no word yet if anyone has been charged.