Kanawha County Sheriff’s deputies say Aubrey Turley III, 18, of Uneeda, is charged with grand larceny. Turley was arraigned Thursday afternoon by a Kanawha County Magistrate.
According to a criminal complaint, Turley stole a pickup truck from the Alum Creek Volunteer Fire Department Thursday morning.
Turley left his own vehicle in the parking lot of the fire department.
Deputies later found the truck and arrested Turley in Dunbar outside of a home that deputies say he falsely claimed was his own.
A deputy brought the chief to the scene, and the chief overheard Turley making a patently false claim while he was in custody.
“His response was he didn’t steal it, he was the fire chief, and it was his truck,” Chief Jim Oldaker said. “It was kind of funny where I actually happened to be standing there when he said that.”
Turley’s bond is set at $25,000 property or 10 percent cash.