Daring Suspect Hops Fence, Steals Police SUV

Also: There was a loaded rifle inside the vehicle
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2015 5:00 PM CST
Daring Suspect Hops Fence, Steals Police SUV
Screenshot of stolen SUV reportedly taken from surveillance video.   (Twitter)

A suspect in Washington state arrived at the Auburn Police Department's secured city lot on a bicycle Sunday evening and left in a police SUV that had a full tank of gas and a fully loaded rifle inside, KIRO 7 reports. A police commander tells Q13 Fox that the suspect shimmied up and over the fence—which a KIRO 7 reporter notes on Twitter is only about 3 to 4 feet tall—into the lot, then smashed the 2012 Chevy Tahoe right through the lot's locked front gate. Police say there may have been a spare key located somewhere in the vehicle, per KIRO 7.

The SUV, which would have been obvious with its Auburn PD logos and police lights, was recovered Monday morning in Mercer Island, the News Tribune reports. It was found on a lot where a home is under construction after a construction worker called it in, per KIRO 7. The police-issued rifle, which had been locked into a cage, was still inside the SUV, as was the pricey gear used for traffic investigations, the station notes. The suspect is still at large. (Cops say a woman in Alaska stole a squad car while her husband was handcuffed in the back seat.)

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