By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Nov. 8 — A Spotsylvania County man has been charged with stealing a Fairfax County firetruck around 1 a.m. Monday morning and stashing it in the woods at the end of Stoney Brook Road in Luray (just off Wallace Avenue) a few hours later. Less than 12 hours after he allegedly stole the emergency vehicle in Northern Virginia, the suspect was arrested by the Luray Police Department when he returned to the scene and was identified by a witness.
Nolan Cornell, 24, of Spotsylvania, was charged locally with possession of stolen property, according to Luray Police Chief C.S. “Bow” Cook. He has also been charged by the Prince William County Police Department with grand larceny and felony destruction of property.
The Fair Oaks Station was the home of Engine 421, a 2012 Pierce Velocity, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue public information officer Ashley Hildebrandt. The fire engine was sitting at Atlantic Emergency Solutions in Prince William County to undergo maintenance when it was stolen around 1 a.m.
Chief Cook stated that his department received a call “of a firetruck parked in the corner of the woods off Stoney Brook Road” around 11 a.m. this morning. The chief said he believes the vehicle was dropped off early in the morning because of the “frost still on the truck” when it was discovered.
While officers were still on the scene conducting interviews, the suspect was identified by a witness while he was driving by the scene. The suspect was pursued by Luray officers and quickly arrested.
Cornell remains in custody at the Page County Jail and is currently being held without bond.
The firetruck has been recovered and returned.