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Posted: 8/2/2004 11:43:09 AM EST
Ok guys, long ago I posted this and got some funny stroies. So lets hear some more. Who has drove off and left crap on top the patrol vehicle??

A month or so ago we had a citizen bring in a defib that they found on the side of the road (we never could figure out whos it was) and we have a new guy that drove off with a report folder, with about 25 pages in it, on the roof.

Me, I learned the hard way years ago, don't put a damn thing on the roof, trunk, or hood . I had my old supervisor drive up to me one night and right there on the front corner of the hood was his laptop . Due to the curve of the hood he really did'nt notice it and he only went about 100 yards through a parkinglot.
Link Posted: 8/2/2004 2:56:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/2/2004 2:56:35 PM EST by Treelo]
One officer left a lap top on the roof and drove off. Pawn shop turned it over to us after someone tried to trade it in. Had another officer leave a shotgun on his trunk and drove off. A citizen found it in our PD parking lot and turned it in. I left a metal clipboard on my trunk one time and drove off. When I went back to retrieve it, it was lying flat in the middle of the road and my report forms (all blank) were blowing around the highway. Usually, its soda, water, zone books, and such.
Link Posted: 8/2/2004 3:46:48 PM EST
I know of several that have lost issued bino's, and one guy who left his almost new night vision goggles on the top of his vehicle and never recovered it.
Link Posted: 8/2/2004 5:27:36 PM EST
i know of a MI officer who had a shotgun go off in the vehicle, and shot his light bar, blew a hole right through the roof
Link Posted: 8/2/2004 5:58:06 PM EST
Not exactly left something on the roof by accident but in the early 80's before the invention of video cameras and such, we spent a lot of idle time pulling pranks on each other. One night around 0430, a couple of the real jokers "hit the hole" for a few Z's. Well, while these two birds zonked out, some nameless P.O. snick up to their car and loosened the nuts and bolts holding their Mars bar. A quick dime in the phone calling in a bogus call on their beat got them the job.

Well, these boys came screaming out of the hole with siren blasting and lights spinning till they made the first corner. The bar flew off and both lights kept spinning as they dragged it down the street by the wires. Funniest thing I ever saw.
Link Posted: 8/2/2004 6:19:10 PM EST

Originally Posted By joemac8:
Not exactly left something on the roof by accident but in the early 80's before the invention of video cameras and such, we spent a lot of idle time pulling pranks on each other. One night around 0430, a couple of the real jokers "hit the hole" for a few Z's. Well, while these two birds zonked out, some nameless P.O. snick up to their car and loosened the nuts and bolts holding their Mars bar. A quick dime in the phone calling in a bogus call on their beat got them the job.

Well, these boys came screaming out of the hole with siren blasting and lights spinning till they made the first corner. The bar flew off and both lights kept spinning as they dragged it down the street by the wires. Funniest thing I ever saw.



i would have loved to see that one
Link Posted: 8/2/2004 8:28:57 PM EST
MY WALLET a few weeks ago. It was right at shift change and I had my "war bag" in my right hand and my cell phone and wallet in my left. We got a call and I grabbed my stuff and ran to the passenger side of the my unit. I put my phone and wallet on the top of the car while I put my bag in the front passenger seat and got all my stuff in order and forgot about my phone and wallet. Luckily my phone wedged itself under the light bar and somehow my wallet slid down the front windshield and got caught between the hood and wiper blade. Only took about 45 minutes of driving up and down the street we took to get to the call at 2 mph with the spotlight on before I saw it. Then last year I arrested a guy on some municipal warrents and he had a little $3 crap job knife that I put on my trunk and drove off with it. After he posted bond and was getting his property back he asked where it was and I did the right thing and told him what I did. He asked to speak to a supervisor but that was all. My capt. was cool and said we all do it sometime.
Link Posted: 8/3/2004 1:18:45 AM EST
I arrested a guy for a warrant and left my ticket book on the roof. I stopped half way to the jail and it was still on the roof under the lightbar. The arrestee laughed until I gave him the ticket he needed for the stop.
Link Posted: 8/3/2004 4:00:59 PM EST
My Posse Box was left on my lightbar years ago. Drove about a mile from the station until I heard this thump on the roof, down the rear window and onto the trunk. Looked in the rearview mirror in time to see the box, and about 30 various forms etc. blowing in the road behind me. A citizen stopped and helped chase papers. I still have the Posse Box. Another time I responded to a vehicle accident. I was about the 3rd unit enroute. As I began to make a turn from the main road onto the street where the accident was, I thought thats a funny place for a Dfib. Stopped grabbed the Dfib and arrived at the scene. Came up to the rookies there and asked if anyone lost something? Somehow the Dfib still worked.
Link Posted: 8/3/2004 6:53:32 PM EST
Oh, where do I start. While on FTO, I processed a drunk at the station and took him home, all under the watchful eye of my FTO. We get to the drunks house and I release him to a family member and get back out to the car, and can't find my clipboard anywhere. While I'm looking for it in the car, my FTO stays inside talking with the drunks family. I suddenly realize that I left it on top of the car after putting the drunk in the car, and the drive to the drunks home was 7 miles of 55mph highway. My FTO comes out and can tell by the look on my face something is up. He says" what's up?". Of course, I tell him and he goes apeshit. We travel a short distance (at night) and start finding copies of the DUI paperwork I just did all over the side of the road. We found 95% of it over the course of three miles of highway. That day's eval was not a good one for me.....

And a co-worker once left his pre-ban Bushmaster on the trunk lid. A good sam turned it in at the station after finding it in the middle of a road.
Link Posted: 8/3/2004 6:59:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By joemac8:
Not exactly left something on the roof by accident but in the early 80's before the invention of video cameras and such, we spent a lot of idle time pulling pranks on each other. One night around 0430, a couple of the real jokers "hit the hole" for a few Z's. Well, while these two birds zonked out, some nameless P.O. snick up to their car and loosened the nuts and bolts holding their Mars bar. A quick dime in the phone calling in a bogus call on their beat got them the job.

Well, these boys came screaming out of the hole with siren blasting and lights spinning till they made the first corner. The bar flew off and both lights kept spinning as they dragged it down the street by the wires. Funniest thing I ever saw.



Also in the early 80s one of our employees attached a chain around the axle of a cop car, and the other end around a tree, then he blasted past the poor bastard, who lost his axle when he tried to follow.
Link Posted: 8/3/2004 7:17:20 PM EST
I was once on a ride along with a deputy and he had a portfolio full of his reports and such, his partner almost drove off without it if it wasnt for me telling him.
Link Posted: 8/3/2004 8:01:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By AZ-K9:
Oh, where do I start. While on FTO, I processed a drunk at the station and took him home, all under the watchful eye of my FTO. We get to the drunks house and I release him to a family member and get back out to the car, and can't find my clipboard anywhere. While I'm looking for it in the car, my FTO stays inside talking with the drunks family. I suddenly realize that I left it on top of the car after putting the drunk in the car, and the drive to the drunks home was 7 miles of 55mph highway. My FTO comes out and can tell by the look on my face something is up. He says" what's up?". Of course, I tell him and he goes apeshit. We travel a short distance (at night) and start finding copies of the DUI paperwork I just did all over the side of the road. We found 95% of it over the course of three miles of highway. That day's eval was not a good one for me.....

And a co-worker once left his pre-ban Bushmaster on the trunk lid. A good sam turned it in at the station after finding it in the middle of a road.



Alaways during FTO. I didn't leave anything on top of my car but I did one much better. I had processed a body at the station. Being a good little recruit I placed my weapon in the locker. Well needless to say we got a shots fired call. I jumped up and my FTO and I went to the call. Ofcourse it was just the Military shooting range. But later that day while serving a restraining order, a little kid asks, "Hey, Officer where is YOUR gun."hock.gif My FTO was cool though, he just laughed and said it has happened to everyone, but they usually dont find out from a little tike.
Link Posted: 8/3/2004 8:10:00 PM EST
I once drove all the way from court back to the PD with a giant folder all full of court material stuck under the light bar. It was mostly pled out citations, but there may have been subpoenas, and stuff from the prosecutors.
Link Posted: 8/4/2004 8:39:28 AM EST

Originally Posted By AZ-K9:
And a co-worker once left his pre-ban Bushmaster on the trunk lid. A good sam turned it in at the station after finding it in the middle of a road.



Holy shit. Your BP was a lucky sonofagun. That is like hitting the lottery!

Now I don't feel so bad for finding my PAS in a tweekers backseat two weeks after I left it on my trunk!
Link Posted: 8/4/2004 9:44:43 AM EST

Originally Posted By avengeusa:
i know of a MI officer who had a shotgun go off in the vehicle, and shot his light bar, blew a hole right through the roof



I heard a story from one of the old timer supervisors. He was cleaning his gun under a shade tree in his unit, when he finished up he chambered a round and put the pistol in his holset. BANG. Made a nice little hole in his seat. He went and borrowed a cigarette from another guy and lit it, then put it out in the hole. No one ever figured out it was a bullet hole and just gave him crap for burning the seat.
Link Posted: 8/4/2004 12:19:59 PM EST
cover the hole with a cig burn, nice move, what a save, lol
Link Posted: 8/4/2004 1:05:17 PM EST
I left my big clipboard with all my paperwork sitting on top of my car as I pulled out of jail. It fell off in the middle of street causing me to stop and frantically gather the clipboard and my papers.

The problem was the street this happened on: Las Vegas Blvd.
Link Posted: 8/4/2004 4:20:16 PM EST
left a clip board once.. got about 50 meters before i realized it. Thank god for the light bar. Had a buddy leave his asp on the roof. he couldn't get to retract so he sat it on the roof until he had a minute. He had a minute once he got back to the station. Shame he didn't have the asp to go along with the minute.

Stay safe.

J
Link Posted: 8/4/2004 9:30:24 PM EST
Left a $100 pair of sunglasses on top of the lightbar. I heard them hit the trunk lid when I started to drive away, but they were never to be seen again. Smashed into a million pieces by traffic I suppose.


My first FTO left his laptop on the roof once. He said he saw it sliding down the rear window, and off the trunk lid in his rear view mirror. When he went back for it, it was still in one piece so he plugged it into the mount in the car, and the damn thing still worked. That sold me on the Panasonic Toughbooks.
Link Posted: 8/5/2004 9:05:00 AM EST
Yep, those toughbooks are pretty good. We have the ones with the touch screens....which is great till someone has fried chicken for their meal break.....
Link Posted: 8/5/2004 12:07:06 PM EST
I have a real bad habit of this. I just like to blame it on me being a rookie.

Left a role of caution tape up there tape that was never recovered and the latest one was my ticket book that I never realized was on the roof until I breaked a little hard at a stop sign and launched it into the intersection.

Note to self: Cruiser is not a table!
Link Posted: 8/5/2004 1:52:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By Treelo:
I left a metal clipboard on my trunk one time and drove off. When I went back to retrieve it, it was lying flat in the middle of the road and my report forms (all blank) were blowing around the highway. Usually, its soda, water, zone books, and such.


Been there, done that.
Link Posted: 8/6/2004 11:32:26 AM EST
I left the original warrant paperwork on the roof one night on the way to a warrant pick-up.. It blew off in the parking lot but another officer found it immediately. Other than some embarassment, no harm done.
Link Posted: 8/6/2004 6:14:28 PM EST
Left a Motorola Sabre on top of the roof. Got it back after about seventeen cars had run over it.
Link Posted: 8/7/2004 2:51:29 PM EST
Sunglasses, I lost a pairs getting in to my car, and ran them over. Left one pair in a vehicle at work and then went home for my 3 day weekend. I never saw those again. I set a pair on top of the dash right in front of the steering wheel. I got out to look at a grass trail and when I got back in, they some how slid down and fell right in the door jam as I shut the door.
Link Posted: 8/10/2004 6:18:35 PM EST
I once left a P.B.T on top of my patrol car. As I turned the corner I heard it hit the road and knew immeadiately what it was. Just as I was getting out of my vehicle to retrieve it, along comes a van and runs over it. Needles to say I got a letter in my file for misuse of equipment. Didn't know those things run about 400 dollars!
Link Posted: 8/10/2004 8:50:20 PM EST
Left my posse box on the roof one night while handing off a 5150 for transport. We then got a call from a neighboring agency of a man holding his baby hostage and hauled ass to get there. It turned out to be a domestic violence call so we let the other agency handle it. A bit later we stopped so I could write the report on my arrestee, and damned if I could find my posse box. We retraced our steps and found it in the middle of the road, quite flat. I was able to find most of my forms, but I learned not to leave stuff on the roof. I started carrying a 99 cent clipboard after that.

As a side note to the domestic violence call, the other agency cuffed the bad guy and put him in the back of our beat partner's unit. He drove off, not knowing the dude was in the back of his car. He handled a call or two until the other agency broadcasted that their guy had flown the coop. He checks his back seat and there is the bad guy, passed out from his night of drinking and fighting. Whoopsie!
Link Posted: 8/11/2004 12:17:25 PM EST
I left my evidence kit (fingerprint stuff, digital camera, tape recorder, etc) on my trunk once. Only made it about 75 feet before another unit told me about it.

A Sgt. I worked for once left his AR on the roof of his car. It wedged itself under the lightbar and survived a 15 mile ride down the interstate.

The best story I've heard yet comes from one of our deputies (now a Lt.). This story goes back a few years, before lapel mics were common on radios. He stopped to assist a disabled motorist and had his radio in his hand. In the process of trying to get the disabled vehicle started he set the radio down inside the engine compartment. He got the car started and sent the woman on her way. Three or four hours later dispatch got a call from a neighboring agency saying that they had one of our radios. The other agency got a call from the woman with the disabled car. She called them saying there was a prowler in her garage - she could hear him talking. When the officers arrived they also heard someone talking, but the voices were coming from the engine compartment of her car. Yep - his radio was still setting on top of the wheel well of her car.
Link Posted: 8/12/2004 4:41:08 PM EST
Was sent to the Federal Court house in Tucson once to pick up a Fed Inmate. Well the DUSM there told us the guy was big time biker gang member etc. So they bring out this little 4'ft nada stick and were like alright this ours, we will go. The DUSM says hes not yours, hes yours and points out this huge sob that was bigger than me and my partner together. On the way out the DUSM says his gangs in town so be careful. We get out of the sallyport there and were all starving with a 5 hour ride ahead of us so we stop and get some Wendys through the drive through.

We get about a block away and 4 bikers come up behind us, hoottin and hollering and were thinking they wanna get thier buddy. This goes on for about a block when we stop at a stoplight and a Biggie Diet Coke flies off the roof of my caprice. The guys behind us couldnt stop laughing, and our prisoner was pretty pissed because it was his diet coke
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 5:45:12 PM EST

I once left a P.B.T on top of my patrol car.

Yeah, I've done this twice... its easy to do, I tend to let them sit on the trunk or hood while writing a minor in possession ticket. Both time I was lucky enough to find them at the first corner where I had made a sharp turn. You'd think I'd learn.
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 5:58:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By Maverick656:
MY WALLET a few weeks ago. .

Try offenders wallet! My first ever DWI arrest I took off for station leaving Drunk's wallet on roof. It stayed there for about a block before wind lifted it off deploying contents all across road.......DOH! Good thing it was early in the morning. I drove a few more blocks before realizing I didn't have wallet and went back for it. Spent several minutes picking up the garbage..errr..contents and replacing them . Drunk had passed out so he never knew.
Link Posted: 8/14/2004 7:24:14 PM EST
The list is long, but the two worst was a digital camera, and a portable radio. I tend to leave thing laying on the rear trunk and forget about them. Genarally my guys are good about telling me I left things before we clear.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 5:26:36 AM EST

Originally Posted By dpcop:

I once left a P.B.T on top of my patrol car.

Yeah, I've done this twice... its easy to do, I tend to let them sit on the trunk or hood while writing a minor in possession ticket. Both time I was lucky enough to find them at the first corner where I had made a sharp turn. You'd think I'd learn.



Same here. After I finished checking the truck-load of juvi's, I set it on the roof. I finished issuing the 8 cit's and took off. About a mile later, I thought I heard something dragging on the road. It was a spare ticket book wedged in my passenger door. That's when I saw the empty PBT case. After about 1/2 hour, I found the PBT. A few scratches, but it still works fine.
Link Posted: 8/23/2004 7:24:34 PM EST
I had to swap out a my car after it overheated real bad and the AC crapped out. Pulled out of the garage and got almost to my house (5 miles) and heard something slide on the roof. I found a poptart, box of paperclips and couldn't find my tint meter. I went back to the garage and along the way I also found my traffic vest, rain coat and a towell. Still no tint meter. Went back to the compound and found the tint meter box popped like a zit. About 10 feet away was the tint meter. Luckly for me it worked 4.0.
Link Posted: 8/24/2004 12:26:20 AM EST
OK got one for you. Was fighting a suspect in front of his girlfriends door while she was watching. During the fight I lost my backup pistol from an ankle holster. Did not know I lost it for several hours. Retraced my steps and ended up at the girlfriends house again. She told me she picked it up while I was arresting her boyfriend and thought it was his. Think about it, as I was arresting the boyfriend, she was standing there with my pistol in her hand, hidden behind her back. Think God he was watching me that night.
ScubaTexas
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 12:30:08 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 12:31:09 AM EST by JUSO_43]
Oh S*** hock.gif
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 2:39:13 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 2:50:32 PM EST
I agree, I gave a BIG thank you that night.
Link Posted: 8/28/2004 3:50:33 PM EST
I've left two pairs of gloves on top of roof and lost them. Being stupid hurts! ALso, severela travel mugs of coffee, it usually misses the trunk and doesn't dirty the squad. I drove off with a PBT on the roof. Luckily the PD knows we're forgetful and pout them all in Pelican cases. Those Pelican's saved my ass that tiem.

A dep on a nearby department, left his uncases Ruger Mini 14 on the trunk and drove off. It carcked the wood stock. He didn't realize it until he got home from shift. It was still in his driveway. LuckY!
Link Posted: 8/28/2004 4:05:05 PM EST
Just the other day I got into a foot chase and when it was over, I noticed my S&W SRT boot knife was missing. I went back the way I had come and found it next to a crowd of folks who had not yet noticed it on the ground. I leaned over and carefully picked it up with two fingers, holding it out like you see cops do on TV for all to see. Immediately they all started talking about "how the guy who ran droppd his knife."

CYA on that one!!
Link Posted: 8/28/2004 4:22:15 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/28/2004 4:24:39 PM EST by Colt_SBR]
A S.W.A.T. officer, with another department, left his issued MP5 on the trunk. A citizen turned it in a few days later. I bet the citizen was wondering if he could keep it.

I've left my citation book and drinks on the roof, hood or trunk a few times. We had Jeep Cherokees and I took off going to a call with the tailgate opened one time. Didn't loose anything.

Colt_SBR
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 11:26:57 PM EST
Me personally?
Worst I've done was my citation holder, twice, and got it back both times, and my gloves once, and I got them back.

I do know of a LSP guy who lost his AR in it's case by leaving it on the trunk, and a good samaritan turned it in within hours.

Worst was two officers in my old district. They managed to BOTH leave their radios on the roof, along with one of their issue Glock 22s.

None of them were recovered, though they went back to the scene within minutes.

No vehicle radios, either, so they couldn't even call it in until they hit the station (this was a few years ago, before cell phones were so common.)
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 9:56:59 PM EST
My father told me of a dumbass while he was in the Airforce...


They were leaving some training and the before mentioned left his M-60 on top of the APC. Yep you guessed it. A few miles down the road he realized it and "OOPS!" Gone. A state worker cutting the interstate grass hit it with his honken mower.

Now for me. The ticket book AND I JUST PUT A NEW BOOK OF FREAKING CITATIONS IN IT. Yep my ass was running all over the road picking them bastards up. And you know everyone passing was laughing their asses off.
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