Maybe there’s a
reason border officials are having trouble catching criminals sneaking into the
United States: the criminals have stopped sneaking.
35-year-old British man is facing charges after allegedly stealing a bright red
fire truck in Ontario and driving it across the United States-Canada border
into the U.S.
According to media
reports, the truck – which was being returned from a restoration in Colorado
but was halted at the border due to paperwork problems – was parked at the Blue
Water Bridge border compound near Sarnia, Ontario, when it was stolen.
A man entered the
compound and stole the truck, but stopped to pay the toll on the bridge, the London
Free Press reported.
told the man to pull over after discovering that he had no paperwork for the
truck, but he refused and headed into the United States on Interstate 94.
U.S. officials did
not chase the $700,000 vehicle into the U.S., but Michigan State Police later
found it abandoned in a ditch. The suspect is in police custody as the
investigation continues, the Free Press reported.
Police told the Free
Press the suspect is a 35-year-old British man who was living temporarily
in the United States, but was in Canada visiting his girlfriend. Investigators
believe alcohol may have been a factor in the theft, CFRA-AM reported.
The incident comes
just weeks after border guards in Calais, ME, allowed 22-year-old Gregory
Despres to cross into the U.S. after confiscating a homemade sword, hatchet,
knife, brass knuckles and a blood-covered chainsaw. Despres was arrested two
days later in the U.S. after his Canadian neighbors were found dead.