New York Post — Kassie Moses, 28, is accused of swiping the patrol car belonging to the 25th Precinct while it was parked at the corner of East 132nd Street and Madison Avenue at about 11:15 p.m., sources said.
The officer who had been using the car was responding to a foot pursuit in the area. He inadvertently dropped the car’s keys when he got out of the vehicle, sources said.
Moses, of Harlem, found the keys and took the car for a drive, striking another NYPD vehicle driven by a captain, before getting caught in traffic on the Madison Avenue Bridge, sources said.
Man, we've all been there, haven't we? You happen upon a set of keys to a cop car, hop in just to try out the siren real quick and end up hitting the captain en route to being caught while stuck in traffic on the bridge. Just your run-of-the-mill Saturday night.
Obviously there is absolutely no excuse for anyone just jumping into a cop car and being reckless and endangering others like that. But I would like to know how a police officer just ... drops his car keys? Like, I'm not an expert on this sort of thing, but in 2020 we don't have some sort of nifty car key compartment on a police tool belt or whatever that thing is called?
It must have been a real wrench in the whole "steal a police squad car" plan when this woman got to the bridge and forgot traffic exists in New York City, though. Even during COVID-19, I'd imagine the NYC bridges aren't the most navigable passageways in the country. Everybody is invincible until you need to get somewhere by car in Manhattan.
Don't steal cop cars, y'all. There's only one time that has ever worked out for anybody — and even they paid for it with a few charges from a taser.