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St. Louis County Sheriff's Office squad car stolen from UWS campus

Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating a St. Louis County Sheriff's Office squad car stolen Monday night while it was parked on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus.

The black, unmarked squad car is a 2013 Chevrolet Impala with Minnesota license plate number 301 LVL.

"We'd love to have the public's help in determining the whereabouts of the vehicle," said St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman. "I've been doing this for 12 years and its the first motor vehicle assigned to this office we've had stolen. It's rare and it's very brazen for somebody to do this."

Litman said the squad was taken at about 6 p.m.

Because the investigation is ongoing he would not say what was in the car. He said the Superior Police Department and other law enforcement agencies are searching and looking out for the vehicle. As of Tuesday afternoon there were no leads, Litman said.

"I can see if it were nighttime, intending to steal a vehicle and breaking into it — 'Oops, this is a law enforcement car,' " Litman said. "But in broad daylight, one can easily look in. It makes one wonder if their intent was to steal (a squad car)."

Litman said the deputy who drove the car had the sheriff's permission to be on the campus with the vehicle.

It is not known how the vehicle was accessed.

"We have no idea," said Gary Gulbrandson, UWS director of campus safety and parking services. "There was no glass on the ground; no evidence outside."

Anyone with information on the location of the vehicle is asked to call 911.