OK, Who has the fascination with flashing lite brites? While funny there is also a potential serious side to this [and possibly the threat of yet another instantiation of Police Academy.
All from the last 48 hours.
Door Number 1
Mountain View police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a patrol car stolen Friday night.
The car was stolen around 11:15 p.m. at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, located at 1 Amphitheatre Parkway.
An officer who was on duty during a concert left his keys inside when he went to respond to a call, police said.
An Amphitheatre staff member reported seeing the car traveling up and down Shoreline Boulevard and said one suspect, possibly a teenager or young adult, appeared to be inside the car, according to police.
The black and white patrol car is marked with the number 3006 in gold lettering in various places. The MVPD star logo is featured on both sides of the car and "Mountain View Police" is written in gold across the back. Police say the car was equipped with a fluorescent orange and black shotgun that shoots beanbags.
Anyone with information about the stolen patrol car is encouraged to call the Police Department at (650) 903-6344.
Mountain View Police Car Stolen - cbs5.com
Door Number 2
Essex (WTNH) - A fire truck that had been stolen from the Essex Fire Department has been recovered, said officials Sunday morning.
Essex fire officials said they found the truck Sunday morning with the help of state and local police.
Firefighters say someone broke into a garage at the fire station on Saturday between 3 and 4 a.m. and stole the vehicle.
Police said they aren't releasing any details of the investigation at this time because it is ongoing.
Police recover stolen fire truck | WTNH.com
Door Number 3
Thieves stole an ambulance while paramedics were treating an elderly woman who had collapsed at her home, police said today.
At 10.39 pm yesterday the ambulance was scrambled to the home of an 86-year-old woman suffering chest pains.
While the ambulance was parked outside the address in Edwards Close, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, Hampshire, said police.
The theft was not discovered until the paramedics left the house with their patient with the intention of taking her to hospital.
The vehicle was found in nearby Chedworth Crescent by police about 10 minutes later, according to police.
A spokeswoman for the ambulance service said that the patient was luckily not in a critical condition and said that if the patient had been in a worse state the situation could have been life-threatening.
The patient was taken to hospital in a ambulance car which had also been called at the same time as the ambulance to the address.
The spokeswoman said: "It was a 999 call to an elderly lady who had collapsed. She was being treated by paramedics.
"As they were in a position to move her to hospital they discovered the vehicle had been taken.
"It was an emergency but not critical - she was stable and she was being cared for.
"It was a godsend that we had both vehicles there so we were able to move the patient. If we had only had one vehicle we could have had a very serious situation."
The theft was condemned by police and ambulance services. Hampshire Police spokeswoman, Kirsty Langton, said: "Hampshire Ambulance provides an invaluable service to the public and for someone to take this ambulance could have had dire consequences.
Alistair Johnston, service duty officer for Hampshire Ambulance said: "If the patient was in a more serious condition it could have had dire consequences. Time is always the key element. Seconds could mean saving lives."
Thieves steal ambulance on 999 call | Mail Online