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Steven Dillion is accused of stealing a fire department vehicle (Credit: St. Charles County Department of Corrections) Steven Dillion is accused of stealing a fire department vehicle (Credit: St. Charles County Department of Corrections)
WILDWOOD, Mo (KMOV.com) -

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A man on a mission to steal a car targeted a west St. Louis County fire department.

Police said the suspect, later identified as Steven Edward Dillon, staked out a station with the Metro West Fire District then took off with one of their vehicles. It started around 8 p.m. Tuesday in Eureka.

Police said the 36-year-old suspect showed up at Scoreboard Automotive, in a stolen van from a local catering company. Police said he tried to steal one of dealership's vehicles, but the owner scared him off. The suspect then took Highway 109 to the Metro West District's Firehouse #3 on Manchester Road. 

"It looks like he was hanging out and just waiting for the fire department to leave and once the fire department left he took advantage of the situation," said Sgt. Shawn McGuire with St. Louis County Police.

McGuire said Dillon walked in and saw a maintenance truck with the keys inside, so he jumped in and drove off.

"It's very bold, anytime a government truck a fire department truck or a police car or anything stolen that opens up our eyes a bit it makes us a little nervous because we don't know what their intentions are," said McGuire. 

Police said they were concerned with how the suspect would use the car, and immediately put a call out. 

McGuire said, "This one is extra special because it's a fire truck a maintenance truck that has those emblems on it and it's more of a citizen safety than just your normal stolen vehicle."

Fortunately, the joyride didn't last long. Less than 12 hours later, Missouri Highway Patrol found the car at I-64 and Winghaven  in St. Charles County and arrested the suspect.

"The quicker we get the truck back and the quicker we get that suspect in custody it makes us sleep better at night," said McGuire.

Dillon has been charged with two counts of first-degree attempted robbery and second-degree assault. He is being held in the St. Charles County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

Police said Dillon has a previous criminal history. They also said more charges are pending from different agencies.

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