We knew that vehicle theft was a problem in Calgary, but we didn’t think it was this bad.
A man in Calgary allegedly decided to steal a marked Calgary Police Service vehicle on Monday afternoon and go for a little ride around YYC.
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The officer responsible for the vehicle had been responding to reports of a suspicious person in the area of 28th Avenue and 14th Street SW when he briefly stepped out of his car at around 1:25 am.
He had been speaking with some individuals when one of them allegedly got into his police car and drove off from the scene, according to a release from CPS.
The Service used their Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety (HAWCS) to track down the vehicle, alongside what the release describes as “covert resources.”
Police followed the location of the vehicle as it drove throughout the city, and 30 minutes after the car was initially stolen it was found at a parkade on Dr. Carpenter Circle NW.
One man was arrested without incident, and the release noted that no firearms had been left inside the police car when it was stolen.
CPS is currently investigating the situation and determining how they can prevent a similar theft from occurring in the future.