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Officer that had squad car stolen facing charges

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GRANITE CITY, Ill ( -- A retired Granite City police officer who had his squad car stolen in December of 2015 is facing charges for allegedly lying about the incident.

Lt. Thomas Paul faces four charges including obstruction of justice.

Paul was traveling west on North Street waiting to turn onto Illinois Route 3 when he saw a van in traffic that didn’t move when the cars around it did.

He exited his car, a 2014 Ford Fusion, and saw a driver slumped over the wheel. As Paul tried to wake the driver, he heard his squad car backing up from its position behind the minivan. The thief struck Paul with the car before fleeing onto Illinois Route 3 with the driver of the minivan. Paul was treated for minor injuries.

Inside the squad car were Paul's personal items as well as police equipment including firearms, a bulletproof vest, a badge, and a radio.

St. Louis County Police later located the vehicle in the 4600 block of Wallington Court in St. Louis. The car was unoccupied and towed for processing, and some of the items were recovered. However, the firearms and equipment were missing from the vehicle.

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