A Minnesota man was running late for work when he decided to steal a city bus.
Gregory J. Jennrich, 31, had driven his own car on his way to work when he stopped at a gas station, where he locked his keys in the car.
Fearing that he would be late for his job as a Metro Transit mechanic, he took an empty, idling bus that was parked at the same gas station in West St Paul.
Jennrich was charged Friday in Hennepin County District Court with felony theft of a motor vehicle after police said he stole an empty, idling bus Wednesday while the driver was on break.
The bus was parked at a gas station at Robert Street and Marie Avenue in West St. Paul just before 10pm, according to court documents.
Metro Transit spokesman, Howie Padilla, said that Jennrich drove his own car to the same gas station on his way to work, according to the Pioneer Press.
The bus driver reported that she activated the bus hydraulic brakes and left, but when she returned it was gone.
A statement of probable cause noted that ‘Metro Transit tracked the location of the bus as it traveled westbound on Interstate 94 heading toward the 24th Street exit in the city of Bloomington’.
Police pulled the bus over, and Jennrich surrendered without incident.
Jennrich was jailed in Hennepin County where he is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.
He has been employed with Metro Transit since April 2015, and had no disciplinary actions on his record prior to the incident.