02/01/2010

NY cop suspended after car with shotgun is stolen

The car was later found near LaGuardia Airport

New York Daily News

NEW YORK — A veteran highway cop was suspended Saturday after his NYPD patrol vehicle with a loaded shotgun inside was stolen by a loony Bronx crook, police said.

Nelson Robles, 42, ducked into Lydig Coffee Shop in Morris Park for breakfast at 7 a.m. when in a flash his marked Chevy Tahoe was gone, police sources said.

"This is the embarrassing part - he goes into a coffee shop and leaves the vehicle running," a police source said.

Anibal Lugo, a local resident with mental problems, hopped into the idle jeep and peeled off, police said. He drove over the Whitestone Bridge, all the way to LaGuardia Airport before leaving the vehicle running in a parking lot. An alert Port Authority cop spotted the marked patrol car, secured it and later arrested Lugo at a car rental counter in the US Airways terminal.

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