Crime

Man Late For Work Steals Bus

| by Sheena Vasani
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Officials charged a Minnesota man for reportedly stealing a city bus when he realized he was running late for work on Feb. 17.

After locking his keys inside his car at a gas station, 31-year-old Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Transit mechanic Gregory J. Jennrich decided to drive to work in an empty bus nearby, The Huffington Post reports.

After realizing her bus was stolen while she was taking a break, the bus driver reported the robbery.

Police quickly tracked down the man eight minutes later and arrested him.

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He is being held on charges of felony auto theft. Jennrich faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Records indicate Jennrich has worked for the Metro Transit since April 2015 and has never received any disciplinary action before.

His agency is now "exploring his employment."

This is not the first time in recent months a man captured national attention for stealing a bus, the New York Post reports.

In New York City, 50-year-old Darius McCollum was arrested for stealing a Greyhound bus in November 2015. This was his 30th arrest for a transit-related offense.

“I’m stealing a plane next,” McCollum reportedly told officials after he was caught with the Greyhound.

His lawyers explain his Asperger’s syndrome is partly to blame. But McCollum is also simply passionate about city transit systems, and has been since he was a child.

“By curiosity, I was wondering if there are any people out there who may like trains or are even just train buffs,” he once said on his Facebook page. “It’s a passion of mine.”

McCollum has been in trouble with law enforcement for driving vehicles without permission ranging from busses to trains since he was 15 years old. He was caught by police after operating a passenger-filled subway train near the World Trade Center in the 1980s.

After stealing another bus in 2010, as part of his plea deal he spent three years in jail and took part in a cognitive behavioral therapy program.

Sources: The Huffington Post,  New York Post / Photo credit: Metro Transit

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