Stolen Meals on Wheels Van Leads Police Chase
'Don’t take the truck; we need it for seniors' food'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2016 11:05 AM CDT
Reginald Nunn and Latu Tapueluelu   (Fremont Police Department)

(Newser) – Instead of delivering food to seniors in need, a Meals on Wheels van spent Friday in a "moderately paced" police chase with Bay Area cops, the Los Angeles Times reports. Volunteers for Life ElderCare were unloading the van behind Fremont City Hall when police say 45-year-old Reginald Nunn and 33-year-old Latu Tapueluelu hopped in and took off. They did so despite a volunteer's plea of, "Don’t take the truck; we need it for seniors' food." Police say Nunn and Tapueluelu were likely more interested in the Wheels part of the equation than the Meals, having attempted to carjack a different vehicle moments earlier.

The couple allegedly led police on a dozen-mile chase through multiple cities. In the end, police disabled the van and arrested Nunn and Tapueluelu. Unfortunately, ABC 7 reports the Meals on Wheels van is likely out of commission for good, and the organization says it will need to raise thousands of dollars to replace it. "How awful is this to happen?" a 75-year-old Meals on Wheels recipient tells ABC. "And to all of those people that needed that food." Before getting boosted and busted, the truck was used to deliver 400 daily meals for senior citizens.