A DPD unit was just stolen from an officer @ Townsend & Gratiot, Boost Mobile Store. Officer has weapon on her, thankfully.— Motor City 911 (@DetroitScanner) February 4, 2019
The officer was off duty and on her way home, she stopped at the Boost Mobile when… https://t.co/KPLidwT7Hn
DPD Police Unit Boosted From Boost Mobile Store
Detroit’s East Side: It all started around 6:30pm, a Neighborhood Police Officer, or NPO for short, was off duty and on her way home when she stopped at the Boost Mobile Store @ 7451 Gratiot to pay a cell bill.
Reports indicate the Detroit Police Officer, a Sergeant, left the vehicle running while she popped into the Boost Mobile Store, because who the hell is going to snatch a marked police car, right?
Well, a rather desperate black male in a black hoodie decided to do just that and took the DPD unit for a short jaunt through the mean streets of Detroit’s east side.
The shocked officer notified dispatch that she last saw her police unit travelling southbound on Gratiot towards downtown Detroit. It’s unknown if a foot chase was involved, unlikely though.
The officer advised dispatch her weapon and ID were in her possession and not in the stolen unit.
Fortunately, a 7th Precinct unit spotted the stolen cruiser at Kercheval & Van Dyke. At the same time, the eagle like eyes of Crime Intel, or the Green Light Bat Cave the DPD uses to monitor Green Light Locations in Detroit, also spotted the errant police car.
A pair of 7th Precinct units then took the bad guy into custody at Kercheval & Van Dyke, saving further embarrassment to an already embarrassed police department.
The DPD has been dealing with drunken command staff, drunken officers sporting weapons in bars outside the city and a couple of their officer’s displaying incredibly poor judgement when they posted a questionable citizen contact on a social media platform.
It’s been a trying week for the Detroit Police Department.
Below is dispatch audio from the incident.