Mountain View police find missing patrol car

After searching for two days, police found the patrol car that was stolen at Shoreline Amphitheatre during a Nine Inch Nails concert Friday night.

Residents of an apartment building at 950 High School Way, having seen news reports about the missing vehicle, noticed the car in their complex's parking lot and called police on Sunday afternoon. Police say the vehicle, numbered 3006, was undamaged, and it appeared that no one had tampered with the shotgun inside the car, which was loaded with bean bags.

So far police have no suspects and will be searching the car for evidence that could lead to the identity of the thief or thieves. Police spokesperson Liz Wylie said it could take up to a month to get results from the collected evidence.

"We don't know if that apartment complex has any connection to the crime or if it was just a good place to dump the car," Wylie said.

The vehicle was taken after a Mountain View police officer responded to a call for assistance during the Jane's Addiction/Nine Inch Nails concert on Friday at 11:15 p.m., and left the keys in the ignition, police say. A Shoreline employee said he thought he saw a teenage male driving the car up and down Shoreline Boulevard, but was not sure, according to Wylie.

"We have never had this happen before -- at least that we can remember," Wylie said.

Mountain View and San Jose police had searched by foot and helicopter for two days before locating the car. Wylie said police were concerned that the suspect could impersonate a police officer, use the weapon, or misuse the sirens and cause an accident.

Anyone with information about the theft is encouraged to call the Mountain View Police at (650) 903-6344. Police are accepting anonymous calls.


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Posted by Luke Duke
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 24, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Hey Enos! How many times has Roscoe told you not to leave the keys in the car?!?

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Posted by MV'er
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 25, 2009 at 12:56 am

Question: Dude, where's my car?
Answer: 950 High School Way

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Posted by MV 2
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 25, 2009 at 7:23 am

Was the cop @ the coffee shop?

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Posted by A. Wag
a resident of another community
on May 26, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Always helps to lock the door upon exit.

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Posted by ha
a resident of another community
on May 26, 2009 at 3:18 pm

"...after a Mountain View police officer responded to a call for assistance..."

Since we do not know all the facts/details of the situation, it is ignorant for us to make assumptions and criticize the officer. Maybe he/she didn't have time to remove the keys and/or lock the door. Maybe the call was important enough to warrant not properly parking between the white lines and securing the car with THE CLUB... that was a joke for those of you who lack humor when posting online.

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Posted by Mr. Hahahaha
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 27, 2009 at 9:02 pm

It wouldn't be officer Fife would it? First name Barney.

Ever heard of low jack or Ravelco even better!

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