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« on: August 13, 2008, 06:30:57 PM »

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080813/ap_on_fe_st/odd_ambulance_stolen

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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2008, 09:33:08 PM »

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Police say they charged the man driving the ambulance, 22-year-old Justin Janaitis, of Norristown, with receiving stolen property and driving under the influence.
Police say it was not immediately clear why Janaitis had taken the ambulance.

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the "under the influence" part might also provide the why.

Receiving stolen property seems like an odd charge. Anybody know if that's the same as possession of stolen property? That would make sense.  If nobody actually saw him take the ambulance, the cops would fall back on the possession charge, which they can prove easily enough.
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2008, 12:51:56 PM »

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Police say they charged the man driving the ambulance, 22-year-old Justin Janaitis, of Norristown, with receiving stolen property and driving under the influence.
Police say it was not immediately clear why Janaitis had taken the ambulance.

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the "under the influence" part might also provide the why.

Receiving stolen property seems like an odd charge. Anybody know if that's the same as possession of stolen property? That would make sense.  If nobody actually saw him take the ambulance, the cops would fall back on the possession charge, which they can prove easily enough.

I'm almost certain you're correct, they charged him with receiving stolen property because no one actually witnessed him taking the ambulance.  "Receiving" stolen property must imply that the taker knew that it was stolen, whereas you can possess stolen property innocently, for example by buying it from the thief thinking he owns it. 
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