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Man Arrested for Stealing Marked Suffolk Police Vehicle, Authorities Report

SCPD: Tayawon Anderson of Bayport, 20, stole the vehicle and crashed it into a woooded area a short time later.

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SCPD arrested Tayawon Anderson of Bayport, 20, for stealing a marked police vehicle.

Photo by: Suffolk County Police Department

Bay Shore, NY - February 22, 2018 - Suffolk County Police arrested a Bayport man for stealing a marked police vehicle, which then crashed a short time later.
Third Precinct officers responded to a 911 call reporting suspicious people in a vehicle parked in front of on Ackerson Blvd. in Bay Shore just after noon on February 20. After the arrival of one officer, one of the two occupants in the vehicle, Tayawon Anderson, fled the area on foot. The officer pursued the subject on foot and then Anderson returned to the original location and fled in the police vehicle, which was left running. The second occupant and the parked vehicle were gone when the officer returned to the initial scene.
A short time later, approximately two miles away, the vehicle crashed into a wooded area on southbound Sagtikos Parkway, south of Pine Aire Drive. Anderson was arrested at the scene and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for treatment of minor injuries.
Anderson, 20, was charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree and Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree. Detectives are working to determine the identity of the second occupant of the vehicle.
The investigation is continuing and police ask anyone with information about this incident to contact the Third Squad at 631-854-8352 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.  
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