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METHUEN - You'd think the police station would be the last place where someone would commit a crime.
But in a brazen move, someone stole the city's animal control van right out of the Police Department's front parking lot on Hampshire Street yesterday morning.
"Yeah, it's a weird one," Methuen police Lt. Jim Jajuga said. "It was taken right out of the lot in the daytime."
Jajuga said the van, a 1995 blue GMC model, was stolen sometime between 8:30 a.m. and noon yesterday.
While it might have been an easy getaway - the station is right off Route 28 and next to the highway - it will be hard not to draw attention. The van has an "animal control" decal on its side.
The city's conservation agent first noticed that the van was missing when he came by the police station. He parks his conservation vehicle next to it.
Police then contacted the animal control officer, who said she had parked the vehicle by the station Friday afternoon. And workers saw the van parked there early yesterday morning. Police and visitors frequently drive through the parking lot, but nobody observed any suspicious activity.
Police put out a BOLO - be on the lookout - for the van and phoned other law enforcement agencies. They are also checking to see if any surveillance cameras might have picked up footage of the theft.
"We are still investigating," Jajuga said.
In addition to the van itself, the vehicle contained equipment used by the animal control officer.
This is Methuen's second animal-related theft in three days. On Thursday afternoon, a 3-month-old pit bull named Angie was stolen from the MSPCA Shelter at Nevins Farm. The farm, located on Route 28, is only about a quarter mile from the police station.

http://www.eagletribune.com/punews/local_story_208204905.html
 

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Koz...did you ever see the episode of It takes a Thief when they break into a police department.....they almost get away.
 

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1968....You lost me....It Takes A Thief...its a show where two ex criminals set up break ins at peoples homes and then give them a security makeover...I was talking about the episode when they broke into a Police Dept in Jersey...
 

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"We like to have a lot of laughs on the racetrack, but today we wanna talk about something serious: Packs of stray dogs that control most of the major cities. That's packs of wild, vicious dogs that are controlling most of--"
 

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LOL Sorry 7, I didnt know they remade ITAT...
The original was a TV series in the late 60's starring Robert Wagner...
 

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Yeah Koz...There are a few of us around here who remember the original and don't know about the new show.

I'm still waiting for the re-do of that episode of YOU ASKED FOR IT when the Mexico City Police do the stunt riding on their motorcycles.
 

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"We like to have a lot of laughs on the racetrack, but today we wanna talk about something serious: Packs of stray dogs that control most of the major cities. That's packs of wild, vicious dogs that are controlling most of--"
Talladega Nights right?
 

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METHUEN — The city has its animal control van back.
The van, a blue 1995 GMC, was recovered by Lewiston, Maine, police in a park and ride at Exit 80 on the Maine Turnpike — more than 100 miles away.
An officer thought the van, bearing an
"animal control" decal, looked out of place and ran the license plate, said Lewiston police Lt. Michael McGonagle. When it came back as stolen, he called Methuen police.
"It was found in the condition it was left in, minus the gas," said Methuen Sgt. Tod Himmer, noting the police radio was still intact.
"We were very thankful that we got it back in good shape and we're not in search of any missing items," he said.
The van was stolen July 26, from the parking lot in front of the Methuen police station on Hampshire Street, between 8:30 a.m. and noon.
It was towed back to the city, where mechanics inspected it.
Officers have no suspects in the heist, but they processed the van for fingerprints and are awaiting the results, Himmer said.
"No leads at all. It's under investigation," Himmer said.
There are no surveillance cameras in the area outside the police station where the van was stolen from, and no surveillance cameras in the area where it was found, police said.
EAGLE TRIBUNE


INSPECTOR'S NOTE: There is a lot of drug traffic between the Methuen area and the L.A. area of Maine.
 
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