Met Police car stolen in burglary at officer's Essex home

A thief may have got more than he bargained for when he stole an unmarked police car from an Essex address after burgling an officer's home.

The grey Skoda Superb Elegance estate, with blue lights and a siren, was taken from Doddinghurst at 00:30 BST.

The car, with DE12 in the number plate, belongs to the Metropolitan Police.

Essex Police warned people "not to pull over if requested to do so by the driver, who is probably the individual who stole it".

The vehicle was taken from outside the Met officer's home after his house was burgled and the car keys stolen while he was sleeping inside.

"In all probability [the thief] did not know that it was a police car until they drove away in it," a spokesman for Essex Police said.

"We want to make motorists aware that this car is not being driven by a police officer.

"We would ask people who see this car on the road to report it immediately."

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