Brundidge city vehicle thefts prompt policy change

BRUNDIDGE, AL (WSFA) - Two teens are accused of causing a stir in Brundidge.Police say they stole two city vehicles. It happened Saturday at the local airport. This incident has Brundidge city leaders concerned because officials say the keys were left in the vehicles. As a result, a policy change is in the works.

"No, it's highly unusual," Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage said.

Brundidge officials are scratching their heads about why keys were left in the ignition of one city vehicle and the spare under the seat of the another.

"[The teens] found the keys in two of the vehicles and seemed to have a good time with them," Ramage said.

Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport says two teenaged boys broke the gate, stole an old patrol car that is now being used as a spare vehicle and crashed it. Then hopped in a city electric department truck that they eventually ditched in a wooded area. It was later recovered in drivable condition. One teen had the key to the car in his pocket, the other had the key to the truck.

"The guy that drove the truck, the office was locked, he had nowhere to put it," Chief Davenport said.

Brundidge Municipal Airport is not a functional airport. City electric equipment and vehicles are kept her. Chief davenport says now spare keys can no longer be kept in any of the city vehicles. He's considering keeping them at the police station or Brundidge City Hall.

"We don't need vehicles, stolen, easily stolen and tore up," Davenport said.

Davenport ensures police car keys are removed from the vehicles as is the case for most city vehicles. Even though this was an isolated incident, the mayor says the city cannot afford to put the other 30 city vehicles at risk.

"Since the incident's happened I've been thinking about and I'm thinking the police department would be a perfect place because it's open 24 hours a day so you can have a board and any key anybody needed could be on that board," Ramage said.

One teen was sentenced to 18 months probation. Chief Davenport said the other teen had a prior criminal record and is serving time in a juvenile facility.