A man who stole a police jeep and took it joyriding, damaging it beyond repair, has confessed. He will likely be fined to recoup the loss to the local police.
As reported, at around four o’ clock Monday morning, a man broke into the garage of the police station in town, stole a police jeep, and drove it out of the lot. From there, the suspect drove wildly around town. Skidmarks on the roads indicate the man was not exactly careful about his driving. Adding to this was the fact that the roads were icy. The police jeep was found, unoccupied and badly damaged, parked on a sidewalk.
Bæjarins Bestu now reports that the police claim the jeep – a Mitsubishi Pajero – was damaged beyond repair. This leaves the local police with two smaller cars but, without an all-terrain vehicle for this mountainous region of the country this winter, police work could be considerably more difficult.
Thanks to witness testimonies to the police from people who saw the joyride in question, police believe they have enough evidence to press charges against the suspect. He has, in fact, confessed to his crime.
His punishment, at the very least, will be to pay the police for the purchase of a new vehicle. The matter is also a national crime rather than a local one – the jeep was owned by the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, so it is possible the suspect could be facing jail time as well.
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