The unmarked Granite City Police Department cruiser that was used to hit an officer Monday evening before an unknown suspect drove off with it was found unoccupied Tuesday in St. Louis County.
The guns and some other police equipment that were in the cruiser when it was stolen are still missing.
Granite City Police Chief Rich Miller announced Tuesday that St. Louis County Police found the silver 2014 Ford Fusion in the 4600 block of Wallington Court at 2:30 p.m.
The car was stolen at 6:15 p.m. Monday after an officer left the car to check on a man slumped at the wheel of a minivan at the intersection of North Street and Illinois 3 in Granite City. The officer tried to rouse the minivan’s driver, but as he did, he heard his cruiser moving from behind the van.
Whoever got into the cruiser drove it into the officer before driving off. The minivan also then drove off. Miller said the officer suffered scrapes and bruises but was not seriously injured.
Police tried to electronically track the cruiser, but lost its signal in the downtown St. Louis area.
“The vehicle was unoccupied and towed for processing (when it was found Tuesday). Some items have been recovered and leads are being investigated, but at this time there are still missing firearms and equipment,” Miller said.
Miller would not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the location of the cruiser. No one has been identified as a suspect in the incident.
Crimestoppers announced it would offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects involved in the incident. An additional reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information leading to the recovery of the stolen firearms.
Anyone with information is urged to call Granite City Police dispatch at 618-877-6111.