A car belonging to Havre de Grace's Susquehanna Hose Company deputy chief was taken on a joy ride of sorts Wednesday evening, unbeknownst to its owner.
City police said the 2007 Ford Expedition SUV, belonging to deputy chief Bobby Goll Jr., was reported missing at about 7:37 p.m. and found covered in black spray paint behind Havre de Grace Elementary School shortly after.
Goll had parked the car outside his home, in the 200 block of North Washington Street, but when he noticed the car missing, he also "realized he didn't have the keys," police spokeswoman Julie Morgan said.
Police sent out an area broadcast, bringing a flood of police and fire officials to help search for the car.
It was recovered at about 8:18 p.m. next to the school, Morgan said.
The fire department decals on the vehicle had been painted over with black spray paint, she said.
The can of spray paint was also found in a school Dumpster.
Susquehanna Hose Company Chief Scott Hurst said he found the vehicle with a suspect inside who ran off; Hurst chased him into the dark field behind the school and down Revolution Street before he got away.
He said police had someone in custody.
No arrests or charges had been announced, however, and there was no damage estimate as of Thursday.
Morgan said police are unsure if the keys were stolen, but do not believe the owner was targeted.
"We think this was just a random thing," she said.
The fire department towed the car to a garage and is awaiting a damage report, she said.
Hurst said the car is "definitely salvageable," although "they did a lot of damage to the vehicle."