Drunken man arrested for stealing garbage truck in New York

New York garbage truck illustration 
By: Debbie Gross 

Police do not know why a man wanted to steal all that garbage from a garbage truck, but maybe because he was drunk he mistook garbage for treasure.

A drunken 23-year-old Spring Valley, New York man, stole a garbage truck early on Tuesday, and hit an empty school bus, police said.

Chaim Surkis was arrested shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, when police received a report that a garbage truck hit a bus, which was parked in front of 766 N. Main St. on Route 45.

While police were at the scene, they said they received another report that the garbage truck was stuck in the lawn of 44 Sandy Brook Drive in neighboring New Hempstead, where Surkis was taken into custody.

Police said in a press release that he tried to break the window of their patrol car.

Surkis was charged with two felony counts of second degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

He was also charged with three misdemeanors: two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree attempted criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Surkis also had a warrant in Ramapo, and was arrested for that as well.

He is awaiting arraignment at the headquarters of the Ramapo police.