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2018-06-07 16:25:34.568546+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Joyride: How One Lieutenant Just Became The Military’s Most Unlikely Folk Hero. Some notes on Virginia Army National Guard Lieutenant Joshua Phillip Yabut's theft and joyride in an M577 APC. Notes the first article:

Fortunately for the rest of us, the LT ain’t our problem. Hell, plenty of us are glad it was an officer instead of a lower enlisted. Lord knows I expected it to be some burnt out Specialist who finally decided he’d had enough.

But that brings me to my second point: we’ve all been there. No, I don’t mean we’ve all taken a 12 ton armored personnel carrier out on the highway for shits and giggles. But let’s be honest: we’ve all thought about it. ...

Bonus: RT Alison Macrina @flexlibris:

omfg, the dude who stole an APC and drove it around Virginia while being chased by the police is the same guy who tried to start an "anti-SJW" fork of @torproject back in 2016 after we kicked out a prominent contributor for sexual assault

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#Comment Re: Joyride made: 2018-06-10 06:21:37.063584+00 by: Mars Saxman

"Puryear said he couldn’t say precisely how Yabut took the vehicle, but that it wouldn’t necessarily have been difficult in such a setting."

I imagine not - I have no experience with APCs, but I used to own an M109A2, and one of its endearing quirks was the absence of any locks or keys. You could just hop in, push the "start" button, and go. Not what a civilian like me is used to, but it makes sense, given that these things are designed to be stored in military bases - if someone has managed to sneak past all your armed guards, the possibility of vehicle theft is not going to be high on your list of worries. I expect Yabut simply got in and drove away, nothing special about it.

#Comment Re: Joyride made: 2018-06-13 19:41:14.084433+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yep. Access is the primary issue.

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