If you are members of the local community groups on Facebook, you may have seen several posts about a rumor that an Augusta Police Department police cruiser had been stolen on Saturday afternoon.  When these posts were first brought to my attention, I assumed that people had misunderstood what they had heard.  NOPE!  Apparently, the rumors were true.

According to a press release from the Augusta Police Department, a marked police cruiser was stolen from the parking lot of the Augusta Police Station.

The press release explains that officer who had been using the cruiser went into the police station to take a report.  When he returned to the parking lot, he found the cruiser had been stolen.

Fortunately, and not a big surprise, the cruisers have GPS tracking devices.  Using the data provided by this tracking device, dispatchers were able to see the vehicle was at the Shaw's grocery store on Western Avenue.

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Police arrived at the store at about 1:30 on Saturday afternoon.  Upon arrival, they found the cruiser.  Inside the vehicle, police reportedly found 27 year old Kyle King.

The press release goes on to say:

Kyle King, (27 yo) transient from the Augusta area is being held on $300 cash bail at Kennebec County Jail.

*NOTE: All suspects are considered innocent until being found guilty in a court of law*

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