Inmate Secretly Adds Pig to Vermont Police Cars

Crests altered on dozens of cruisers
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2012 2:49 AM CST
Updated Feb 5, 2012 4:02 PM CST
The state seal, with added pig, is seen on the side of a Vermont State Police cruiser.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
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(Newser) – Vermont state troopers have been driving around with a picture of a pig on their cruisers, courtesy of a creative inmate. A state trooper inspecting his vehicle found that one of the spots on a cow in the Vermont state crest decal on the door had been changed to the shape of a pig, the Burlington Free Press reports. Further investigation revealed that some 60 secretly altered decals have been added to police cars in the last couple of years.

The decals were made by prison inmates in a shop that also produces license plates. "This is not as offensive as it would have been years ago. We can see the humor," said Vermont's Public Safety Commissioner, an ex-cop, adding that the mystery artist should have used his talents elsewhere. "If that person had used some of that creativity, he or she would not have ended up inside." New decals will be ready for the cruisers by Monday.

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