In this [alleged] car thief’s defense, how could he have known that the POV (“personally owned vehicle”) he stole belonged to a police officer. Oops. This is from the Colorado Springs Police Blotter:
Summary: On 08/13/2009 at 0600, off duty Officer Ruben Crews reported his POV as stolen from his residence. the vehicle did contain some police gear including his police jacket.
Officer Crews and his spouse were out searching for the vehicle and upon returning to their home they found the vehicle in the driveway. They also discovered that a window had been breached to the residence. Upon searching the outside of the residence, Officer Crews encountered a male identified as Michael Reeder, DOB: 05/30/64, wearing his police jacket. Officer Crews produced his badge and identified himself as a police officer. A struggle ensued and Reeder was taken into custody.
Officer Crews sustained a hand injury and was treated at Memorial Hospital. Reeder sustained a head injury as was taken to Penrose for a medical clearance.
Was Mr. Reeder also singing “Y.M.C.A.” while wearing Officer Crews’s jacket?
Reeder will be charged with Motor Vehicle Theft and Burglary.