Less than 12 hours after he allegedly stole the emergency vehicle in Northern Virginia, the suspect was arrested by the Luray Police Department when he returned to the scene and was identified by a witness.
Nolan Cornell, 24, of Spotsylvania, was charged locally with possession of stolen property, according to Luray Police Chief C.S. “Bow” Cook. He has also been charged by the Prince William County Police Department with grand larceny and felony destruction of property.
WHSV-TV confirms one person has been arrested for the theft of the Fairfax County fire engine:
The suspect was taken into custody when he drove past officers on Luray and Wallace Avenue.
One male is in custody from Spotsylvania County for possession of stolen property. He has not been identified at this time.
A Fairfax County, Virginia fire engine was stolen early this (Monday) morning from a shop just off of I-66 in Prince William County. It was recovered later in the morning in the Luray, Virginia area (Page County). No official word on arrests. The pictures on this page show the recovered fire engine. Engine 421, a 2012 Pierce Velocity from the Fair Oaks Station, was at Atlantic Emergency Solutions when it was stolen. A law enforecement alert indicated the rig was likely stolen around 1:00 am.
The video at the bottom is from Fairfax Fire Photography and shows Engine 421 responding to an incident in 2019.