Dresden SRO arrested for aggravated vehicular hijacking in “thrill seeking” affair
The Daily Herald reports Michael Buhrman, a senior reactor operator at Dresden Nuclear Power Plant in Morris, was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, after admitting he “thrill seeking” when he put on a mask and hijacked a woman’s car at gunpoint, DuPage County authorities said Friday.
The report added the 31-year-old Coal City man was armed with a loaded handgun and wearing a Halloween mask that resembled an elderly man when he approached a woman about 10 p.m. Wednesday in a Kohl’s parking lot in Woodridge.
After stealing the victim’s 2000 Pontiac Grand Am, Buhrman fled and was pursued by a witness who called police, authorities said.
When Woodridge officers stopped him nearby, Buhrman was still wearing the “realistic” mask and carrying a loaded .45 caliber gun.
Authorities said Buhrman later confessed the hijacking was a “stupid thing” to do and that he was only “thrill seeking.” Burhman was identified in court Friday as a nuclear engineer at Dresden, where he has been a licensed senior reactor operator for six years, he studied nuclear engineering at Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., and worked as a reactor operator and nuclear electronics technician for the U.S. Navy, the profile states.