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Police arrest NY man after ambulance joy ride

October 19, 2013
Associated Press

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 ( ) 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,



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