Albertville man arrested after attempting to steal police vehicle

Updated: Jul. 14, 2018 at 9:11 PM CDT
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ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) - An Albertville man has been arrested after he attempted to steal a police vehicle.

Police say a detective stopped on South Broad Street just off of Highway 75 around 11 a.m. on Thursday to help a possible stranded motorist. That detective, along with another person, was pushing the vehicle when they lost sight of the driver of the stranded vehicle.

When the detective began looking for the driver, he located him in the driver's seat of the Police Tahoe. The driver had put the Tahoe into gear, locking the doors. The driver began backing away from the scene when he was stopped.

The detective called for backup and they were able to remove the driver the vehicle.

After a brief struggle, the driver was taken into custody.

Octavio Lopez Altamirano, 24, was charged with the theft of property in the first degree with additional charges pending.

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