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Thief hijacks cop car, steals back own vehicle

13 Mar 2012, 10:36

Published: 13 Mar 2012 10:36 GMT+01:00

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Officers arrested two men during late Sunday night, suspected of stealing fuel in a specially equipped car, according to local paper Bohusläningen.

While one of the men was being frisked, the police had placed the other suspect in the squad car, which had the motor running and lights flashing. Seeing his chance, the man jumped into the driver’s seat and made a break for it.

One officer sustained minor injuries when trying to prevent the man’s escape in the hijacked police vehicle, but the thief nevertheless managed to flee the scene in the squad car with the warning lights flashing.

The remaining suspect was then taken to police headquarters in Uddevalla along with the car, which had a specially built tank to hold stolen diesel fuel, according to the paper.

Meanwhile the police car thief had travelled north, with police in hot pursuit, tracking the car via GPS.

Once police found the car however, the thief had scarpered and was already on the way to Uddevalla in a different vehicle.

Well there, the car thief managed to force entry to the police impound lot, where officers had parked the seized vehicle. He started the car, forced his way out through the gate and headed north again.

However, police eventually caught up with him and apprehended him at his mother’s house.

According to the paper, the man resisted arrest and got quite violent.

The man’s mother offered to help calm her son down, but said that the situation turned violent quickly.

“The arrest was carried out as if he had murdered someone,” said the mother to Bohusläningen.

An internal police investigation is being carried out in regards to the arrest. The two diesel thieves are now under suspicion for a series of crimes, according to the paper.

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Your comments about this article

11:07 March 13, 2012 by Flappytango
Hey Mom

the arrest should be carried out as if he murdered someone your son is a piece of S&%#
11:53 March 13, 2012 by gpafledthis
Let's pull out the retired tee shirt for our"barefoot bandit" - MOM TRIED Ah this does my soul good !! Does he get some social allotment to pay his bail? In the US this would nearly automatically get you 7-10 years !! Oh ya get you a deal on TAZERS !!
11:55 March 13, 2012 by Abe L
This shows once again the absolute incompetence of the Swedish police. Even from just watching movies without any clue about actual police work you can tell that leaving a suspect in a running car is a bad idea...

And agreed, the arrest should have been carried out as if he killed someone as he could very well have in a hot pursuit.
12:18 March 13, 2012 by J Jack
He got into the Police impound and forced his way out with the impounded vehicle . Ha ha what inept security. Kudos for running rings around the keystone cops. The real issue is that fuel has become worth stealing and will be the next big black market commodity. People drive around our neighborhood at night in freezer vans selling 'lax'. I wouldn't hesitate to pay 10 kr per liter for a tank of gas if a tanker showed up in the hood from Poland ... just wait and see ... 'Mad Max' :-)
13:19 March 13, 2012 by karex
Double standards. People will scream bloody murder that the police may have used force in the arrest and they will probably get in trouble for it. However, would any reasonably sane person expect any other kind of reaction from the police when the perp was the one who turned violent and had to be restrained? If they had beaten the man to a pulp and he ended up in hospital perhaps might warrant looking into. I didn't see any reference to the man being injured though.
16:06 March 13, 2012 by Svensksmith
Give the guy credit for having some huge cojones.
18:52 March 13, 2012 by johan rebel
Handcuffs, do Swedish cops know what they look like?
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