SJ Police Patrol Car Used as Decoy Left Unlocked with Keys Inside: Sources

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    Questions and concerns over a potential breach of homeland security after a San Jose police patrol car used as a decoy was left unlocked. Damian Trujillo reports. (Published Monday, Aug 11, 2014)

    A San Jose police patrol car used as a decoy to deter vandals at the San Jose Repertory Theatre was left unlocked with the keys inside, sources tell NBC Bay Area.

    The city's public works department asked police to park a decommissioned patrol car in the area shortly after the theatre declared bankruptcy.

    The police chief said he did not know about the decoy plan.

    Meanwhile, the city manager's office and public works department said the decoy vehicle was locked. In addition, a spare key was hidden inside where only officers could find it, officials said.

    A screen shot of a responding officer's computer obtained by NBC Bay Area states the car was unlocked with an extra key inside.

    Keys inside an unlocked patrol car is a homeland security issue, sources said.