Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- A Peekskill man gave new meaning to the term "taking the bus," after police say he stole a Greyhound bus Christmas morning in Syracuse.
Instead of buying a ticket and boarding a bus like the rest of us, 31-year-old Andrew Hickey allegedly took matters into his own hands.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Hickey boarded an empty, running bus Sunday morning because he was cold. A Greyhound spokesperson says the bus was in the process of being fueled and cleaned. But Hickey saw another opportunity and drove off with the half-a-million-dollar machine.
Once Hickey left the transportation center, he headed north to visit a friend in the Watertown area. Turns out, he has a commercial driver’s license and knew how to drive the bus. But what he may not have known is that Greyhound can stop them in their tracks.
Two hours later, Greyhound disabled the runaway bus electronically on Route 11 in the town of Watertown. Using GPS technology, the company notified deputies of exactly where to make the arrest.
Hickey is charged with criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He’s currently in Jefferson County Jail on $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond.