A police SUV stolen from an Auburn city parking lot with a loaded rifle inside was found Monday outside a Mercer Island home.
The vehicle was taken about 6:30 p.m. Sunday from a fenced parking lot. The thief drove off in the marked police car, causing minor damage to a gate as the SUV headed north on Interstate 5 near Federal Way.
A loaded rifle was inside a locked compartment, the department said.
The SUV was a black and white 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe with police lights on top, an Auburn police logo on the sides and license plate 2815D.
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Local agencies had been on the lookout for the SUV until it was found about 8:30 a.m. Monday and towed back to Auburn. The rifle was untouched.
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