Mike Wilbur

ALBANY, NY LADDER TRUCK STOLEN FROM TRAINING CENTER, LATER RECOVERED

COLONIE — An Albany Fire Department ladder truck was stolen sometime Sunday night or Monday morning.

Police were notified of the stolen fire truck when a passerby saw it parked in the 1500 block of State Street in Schenectady at 7 a.m. Monday. Colonie police are investigating the crime because the truck was stolen off the Municipal Training Center lot on Wade Road in the town, Lt. Robert Winn said. The fire truck was on the property for training use for new recruits to Albany’s Fire Academy.

The property’s gates were not closed and locked that night, Winn said. Fire trucks also do not need keys to start.

“There’s no surveillance footage in that area there, so we can’t narrow down the time frame yet,” Winn said.

Winn also noted that the severe storm that had recently blown through the Capital Region, knocking out power for days, had shut down surrounding surveillance systems they would have normally referred to. However, police recovered forensic evidence — including potential fingerprints and DNA — and are waiting for laboratory results.

In addition to the fire truck, a number of fire protective equipment was stolen from inside the building. Some was recovered inside the stolen truck, however a pair of boots, a helmet and an air pack remain missing.

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