MERRICK, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island man faces charges that he stole an ambulance and took it for a three-mile joy ride.
Nassau police arrested Salvatore Brecciano, of North Merrick, on Friday.
Investigators say the 46-year-old took the ambulance from a firehouse in Merrick earlier this month. It belonged to the Merrick Fire Department. They keys were in the ignition.
Police tell Newsday (http://bit.ly/15QVNSY ) that one of the clues pointing to the suspect was a 12-pack of beer left sitting on the ground on the spot where the vehicle was taken.
Investigators said it was purchased at a nearby 7-Eleven. They say Brecciano bought it there with a debit card.
The ambulance was recovered undamaged.
Brecciano was to be arraigned Saturday. It was unclear when he might get a lawyer.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com