Hey Thief, SF Cops Want Their Car Back

Thursday, May 19, 2011  |  Updated 3:34 PM PDT
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Hey Thief, SF Cops Want Their Car Back

Tim Griffith

Someone stole an unmarked police car in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park Wednesday. Photo by Tim Griffith.

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An unmarked police car was stolen in San Francisco's Golden Gate  Park on Wednesday as the officers responded to a call for backup.

The car, which had not been recovered as of Thursday, was  taken at about 4 p.m. Wednesday after the officers got out to assist with a suspect who  was resisting arrest near Hippie Hill, Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

The officers left the keys inside and a man jumped in and drove  off. 

Dangerfield said the officers acted appropriately despite losing  the car. Requests for backup are more urgent than some other calls, he said.

"We do try to always secure the vehicles, but depending upon the  urgency, that's not the No. 1 concern," he said. "The No. 1 concern is  officer safety." 

The car is a 2000 greenish Ford Crown Victoria with license plate  number 4GQE235, Dangerfield said.

Anybody who sees it is asked to call police.

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