Authorities arrest alleged squad car thief

By Morgan Thomas - email

CROCKETT, Texas (KTRE) - Authorities have arrested a man accused of driving away in a Crockett Police car in the midst of a foot chase with an officer.

According to a press release issued by Crockett Police, Blayne Lamont Smith robbed a 67-year-old woman Tuesday afternoon. When Cpl. Vince Baker answered the call, he found him behind First Baptist Church of Crockett. Baker approached him and Smith ran away, the release states.

Baker chased Smith north on Cato Street, then behind some houses, where Baker lost track of him. Smith then apparently doubled back, got in the police car and drove away.

The police car was later found on Industrial Boulevard.

The press release does not give any details on how or when Smith was arrested.

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