Woman steals fire truck in Kearns, goes on brief joyride

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A fire truck stolen in Kearns February 16, 2017.

A fire truck stolen in Kearns February 16, 2017.

KEARNS, Utah — A woman is in custody after she allegedly stole a fire truck in Kearns and then abandoned it in a parking lot a short distance away Thursday.

Amber Welker

Amber Welker

Unified Police have identified her as 39-year-old Amber Welker.

Lt. Brian Lohrke of the Unified Police Department said a Unified Fire Authority fire truck was stolen at Cougar Boulevard and 6200 South around 5 p.m.

Police said they later recovered the truck in the area of 6200 South and 5600 West, where it was found unoccupied in a parking lot shared by a Walgreens and Taco Bell.

Officers arrested Welker at 5629 Stone Bluff Way.

Police said she has not said why she stole the fire truck.

Details about the circumstances leading up the alleged theft were not immediately clear.

Amber Welker

Amber Welker