In Anne Arundel County, many police officers are encouraged to take their patrol cars home at night because, officials believe, the mere sight of a parked police car can act as a deterrent to crime.
But yesterday, it became an enticement.
About 6:30 a.m., Officer Sef E. Martinez looked out the front window of his home near Cape St. Claire to discover that the blue and white 1991 Ford patrol car he had parked there the night before had been stolen.
The car, its door lock broken, was recovered about 10 a.m. in a nearby neighborhood. Its odometer showed that whoever had stolen it drove it about 10 miles. Much to the relief of the county police, there were no reports of a county police car's being involved in a crime during the hours it was in the hands of the thief.