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Badge, hundreds of dollars in candy stolen from S. Indiana police car

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NORTH VERNON, Ind. (WDRB) - A thief broke into a southern Indiana police car Wednesday and stole what was inside.

"It's kind of strange to reverse the role," North Vernon Police Sgt. Andrew Richmond said. "The vehicle itself is not easily identifiable as a police vehicle, so I don't think they specifically targeted it because of that." 

Police say the unmarked car was parked at the Cracker Barrel in Seymour on Wednesday around lunch time when the windows were broken out. Among the items taken -- a North Vernon detective police badge. 

"I would strongly warn area residents, if someone comes up identifying themselves as a police officer and tries to flash a badge, be extremely careful if they're not in uniform," Richmond said. 

According to authorities, a police ID, breath test instrument, binoculars, fingerprint kit and backpack were also stolen. North Vernon Police say there was $700 worth of candy in the car and the suspect or suspects got away with $300 to $400 worth. 

Richmond says a North Vernon detective and secretary had just picked up the Halloween candy to pass out Friday. Richmond says the department was able to move funds around and replace most of the candy. The Halloween festivities will go on. 

"Last year we guessed it somewhere between 350 and 400 kids ...We don't want to have that stop just because of this," Richmond told WDRB News. "On paper, the police department here in North Vernon is listed as the victim, but I think the true victim is probably the kids who could have missed out on the candy." 

Investigators from the Seymour Police Department are handling the case. They've released a photo of a dark colored SUV as a possible suspect vehicle. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 812-522-1234. 

The North Vernon Police Department says it is accepting donations from anyone who wants to drop candy off before the trick-or-treaters come by Friday evening. 

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