Miami-Dade County

North Miami Beach police car is stolen right out of department lot

A man stole a North Miami Beach police patrol car right out of the department’s parking lot because he “just wanted to drive around for a little bit,” authorities say.

Stalyn Enrique Hernandez, 28, has been arrested and is now in a Miami-Dade jail on grand-theft charge. The marked police car was not damaged.

According to a police report released Monday, the marked car “may have been unlocked” — with the key inside — behind the station, 16901 NE 19th Ave. At about 5 p.m. on Sunday, Hernandez climbed in, found the key and drove off, police say.

“Upon discovering that the vehicle was not where it had been left I began contacting my co-workers to see if any of them may have taken the vehicle for some reason,” North Miami Beach Officer Felipe Hernandez, who is not believed to be related to the suspect, wrote in his report.

When the cop realized his car had indeed been stolen, he set out with another officer to look for it. They found the car as they approached West Dixie Highway and Northeast 172nd Street. They stopped Hernandez and confronted him.

“Hernandez then immediately rolled down the window and stated, ‘I just wanted to drive around for a little bit.’ ”

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