Ambulance thief can’t resist the siren call of Jack In The Box drive-thru

Ambulance parked in front of hospital
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I love when vehicles get trapped in drive-thrus. I love it. Maybe because of the sheer awkwardness of the whole thing; like, if you see a large vehicle stuck in a drive-thru, you know you have at least five minutes of tiny turns and shameful reversing to look forward to. But what happens when a drive-thru becomes a trap... for a criminal? That’s exactly what took place in Houston last week when an area man stole an ambulance, then tried to drive it through a Jack In The Box drive-thru with the emergency lights on.


According to a tweet from Houston police, the man was arrested last Thursday after attempting to casually cruise through a drive-thru line with the ambulance’s emergency lights on. Local news station KHOU reported that Renaldo Dechaume Leonard, 36, jumped in and drove off in the ambulance while paramedics were on a call at an apartment complex near the restaurant. He didn’t get very far, presumably because of an unshakeable craving for a Jumbo Jack.

The Houston Chronicle reported that the perpetrator was taken into custody without incident and charged with felony theft. The detail about the emergency lights kills me; after all, Leonard probably would’ve been caught with or without the lights, but they sure do make the scene a whole lot flashier. There’s a lesson to be learned here, and it is this: make sure you fully flee the scene of the crime before stopping for fast food. I’ll certainly keep that in mind.

Staff writer @ The Takeout, joke writer elsewhere. Wrangling dogs and pork shoulder in Chicago.


Dr Emilio Lizardo

Might want to steal something else, dude. Pretty much every municipal vehicle has GPS tracking on board.

Hell, want to know where every single Chicago snow plow is right now?