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Police issue warning after law enforcement vehicle stolen

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A warning tonight after a state law enforcement vehicle was stolen over the weekend.  It's an unmarked South Carolina Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services vehicle. The vehicle is equipped with blue lights, which is why law enforcement is warning the public.

The Sheriff's Department says it's impossible to know if the person who stole the vehicle knew it was a law enforcement vehicle.  That's why they're warning people to be cautious if they are pulled over by an unmarked law enforcement vehicle.

The vehicle was stolen some time between this past Friday night and Monday.  It was taken from Action Transmission Service along Broad River Road.  It's a silver 2007 Ford Crown Victoria.

"It's a slick top which means it has no police bars on the top, but it does have lights on the passenger side visor," said Sgt. Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff's Department. "It also has two blue lights in the rear as well."

Which is why law enforcement is warning the community, if you're pulled over by an unmarked vehicle, make sure you're dealing with a certified law enforcement officer.

"Of course you can always ask for credentials when an officer approaches your vehicle, if he's not in full uniform, especially if he's in plain clothes," said Wilson. "The officer should show their credentials."

Those credentials look like a photo ID card.  The Sheriff's Department says it's okay to wait until you reach a well-lit area before you pull over, if you put on your hazard lights and call 911.

The warnings are similar to what Springdale Police gave the community two months ago when they had a police impersonator. Officers continue to question people in their investigation.

"They were out doing interviews this morning, they were out last week doing interviews, they've got several lined up for this week," said Springdale Police Chief Kevin Cornett. "SLED has been with us every day going with us to several interviews that we're not able to go to at the same time."

The person wanted in Springdale used an unmarked vehicle with a small blue light on the dash.  Police are concerned if this man did it once, he might do it again.

"This is a person who has violently assaulted somebody and more that they caused us all to have a little bit of fear," said Cornett. "It's very important that we get someone like this off the street."

And it's important that citizens feel safe if they see blue lights in their rear view mirror.

"We're living in a day and age where we have folks who are not always the good guys and that's where the problem comes in and that's why we wanted to make the public aware of what was going on," said Wilson.

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