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A Florida man tried stealing a police car with an officer in it


A 20-year-old man in Fort Pierce, FL was recently arrested after he tried stealing a police patrol car, according to a report from the officer inside the vehicle.

Officer Robie Troutman’s report says that the incident occurred around 5 a.m. on July 17 as he was inside his vehicle, The TC Palm reported Thursday.

Troutman’s vehicle was reportedly at the main police station on South U.S. 1 writing a report when a man later identified as Aaron Orlando Rodriguez III tried entering the car.

“While in my vehicle, I heard the rear passenger side door handle make noise and then the front passenger side door handle make noise, where I was positioned seated in the driver seat of my clearly marked Fort Pierce Police Department Patrol vehicle,” the report states.

Some Twitter users on Thursday poked fun at the incident, which reportedly escalated when Troutman opened his door and Rodriguez fled to hide behind another nearby vehicle.

Troutman and another officer reportedly detained Rodriguez after he ran away, finding two cell phones, a portable speaker, a $20 bill and a pipe with marijuana residue on him.

Rodriguez, of Okeechobee, FL, was purportedly then arrested on charges including attempted grand theft of a motor vehicle, loitering and prowling and possession of drug equipment.

“Rodriguez said he saw my vehicle was running so he attempted to steal the vehicle so he had a ride home.” Troutman’s report states.

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