“Obsessed with Buses”: Staten Island Man Takes MTA Wheels for a Joyride

The Fast and the Furious: Public Transit Edition

The joyrider made it two blocks from home before getting caught. (Adam Rountree/Getty Images)

The joyrider made it two blocks from home before getting caught. (Adam Rountree/Getty Images)

MTA, hide your keys.

A 20-year-old man who told police he was “obsessed” with buses was arrested after stealing a MTA bus for a quick jaunt to his Stapleton neighborhood, The Daily News reported.

After a driver on break left his empty bus on a ramp at the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island, Nickolas Ellias hopped in for a 1.6 mile joyride. He made it two blocks from home before being stopped by the police.

“I was going to return the bus when I was done,” he told police, according to a law enforcement source.

The man has tried stealing buses before, his foster father told The Daily News, but the police caught him just in time. Now, Mr. Ellias has been charged with grand larceny.

Looks like notorious transit thief Darius McCollum has a copycat.