5/20/20 Montgomery, AL – Man Detained In Police Cruiser For Stolen Vehicle Incident – Man Steals Marked Montgomery Police Cruiser – Police Cruiser Found Abandoned – Suspect Escaped – Remains At Large

May 20, 2020


Montgomery police are searching for a man who allegedly stole an police cruiser while an officer was attempting to serve a warrant on him. 

According to a CrimeStoppers news brief, police responded to the 1000 block of Madison Avenue in reference to a stolen vehicle. The release does not say what day or time the alleged incident occurred. 

At the scene, officers discovered that 47-year-old Wayne Ellis had stolen a marked patrol vehicle while “left running and unattended,” according to the release. 

Ellis, who was in custody at the time the vehicle was stolen, was inside the cruiser. The officer was executing a warrant at the time Ellis allegedly stole the vehicle. 

The patrol unit was recovered a short time later in the area of East Delano Avenue and Gaylord Place. There was no damage to the car, according to the release. 

Ellis fled from the scene and remains at large, now wanted on charges of third-degree escape, first-degree theft and third-degree theft.  He is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing about 190 pounds. 

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ellis should call the police or CrimeStoppers using the 24-hour tip line at 215-STOP (7867) or 1-833-AL1-STOP.