Stole Greyhound Bus Christmas

December 28, 2011 by staff 

Stole Greyhound Bus ChristmasStole Greyhound Bus Christmas, A 39-year-old city man faces felony charges upstate after apparently not heeding Greyhound’s slogan of “Leave the driving to us.”

Andrew Hickey was accused of stealing a bus from the Regional Transportation Center in Liverpool, near Syracuse, on Christmas morning and driving it to a friend’s house in Watertown, some 60 miles away, authorities said.

The full-sized 2009 bus, valued at $500,000, was running and warm at the transportation center when an apparently cold Hickey — who has a commercial driver’s license and knows how to drive a bus — got in about 4:30 a.m. and drove off, authorities said.

Greyhound was able to track and disable the bus electronically in Watertown about two hours after the theft, then notified the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy responded to Route 11 in Watertown and took Hickey into custody after finding him walking outside the bus.

Hickey, who reportedly told police that he was heading to Watertown to see a friend, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of stolen property and first-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felonies.

He was being held Tuesday at the Jefferson County jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond, as set in Watertown Justice Court.

Tim Stokes, a spokesman for Greyhound, said Tuesday that all buses in the company’s vast fleet are equipped with a device that allows the company to locate one of its buses at all times and a security device that enables the bus to be disabled remotely.

“Given a situation such as this, we were able to shut the bus down,” he said, adding that the theft of a Greyhound bus is “very rare.”

Greyhound is conducting its own investigation into the incident and is working with investigators from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Stokes said.

Hickey’s family reported him missing to Peekskill police on Monday, then called back a few hours later to report that they had located him — in the Jefferson County jail.

Lt. Eric Johansen of the Peekskill police said his department has had dealings in the past with Hickey related to mental-health issues, but Johansen said that Hickey has no criminal record in Peekskill.

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