Police nab stolen donut van.

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TOLEDO — Police chased a stolen doughnut delivery van on Highway 30 across Benton and Tama counties Thursday morning, finally arresting at gunpoint the Illinois man who was behind the wheel.

The doughnuts were untouched.

The van, owned by Donut Delite Ltd. of Moline, Ill., was stolen while its driver was making deliveries at a Rock Island, Ill., hospital about 5 a.m., the Tama County Sheriff's Office reported. About 9 a.m., a Benton County sheriff's deputy spotted the van driving west on Highway 30, discovered it had been stolen and began following the vehicle.

When two other deputies and a Belle Plaine police officer joined the pursuit, they notified Tama County law enforcement authorities that they were headed in their direction. Five Tama County officers joined the chase.

The van's driver ignored signals to stop and drove at speeds exceeding 100 mph until he reached the outskirts of Tama, driving around a set of stop spikes spread across the highway two miles east of town.

As the van approached Highways 30 and 63, the driver pulled into a Hardee's parking lot and attempted to drive through the drive-through lane. But Tama County Deputy Chad Hansen rammed the driver's-side door, and about 9:30 a.m., officers arrested the driver, Frank A. Alvarado, 46, of Moline.

Hansen's patrol car and the Donut Delite van suffered minor collision damage. No one was injured.

Alvarado was being held at the Tama County Jail on charges of first-degree theft, felony eluding and numerous traffic violations.

The Donut Delite van was sent back to its owners in Moline late Thursday afternoon — with its contents uneaten, said Tama County Chief Deputy Dave Ruopp.

"The owner of the business did tell us to take the doughnuts, as they would go to waste," Ruopp said. "However, they were returned with the van."
 

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Was on a call back approx the mid-70's where we responded to a vehicle thru the front of a Dunkin Donuts. Of course the police were already there, our driver (an off duty career chief), without missing a beat says to the first cop "Boy, you guys didn't have to go far." And without missing a beat went on about his business. Because I was busy, it didn't hit me until later how funny that was.
 

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The local PD often has a palaver between officers a couple hours before shift change or when they're about to go Code 7 in front of the local donut shop in the middle of the night. Speaking with a buddy whose dad was on the Sheriff's Department for 29 years, the standing joke is that evidently they keep checking in to see when they open (and evidently, this joke has been standing since about 1975).
 

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It isn't only the Cops who depend on those donuts. Lots of businesses depend on them too and when they don't arrive you'dd be suprised how grown men can act like little kids.:)
 

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John_M said:
It isn't only the Cops who depend on those donuts. Lots of businesses depend on them too and when they don't arrive you'dd be suprised how grown men can act like little kids.:)
You're right, it's just fun to "work" the stereotype. Kinda like the fireguys/gals sleeping and getting paid to zzzzzzz and getting paid to wash their own vehicles. Certain tongue-in-cheek ism's just stick.
 

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w0fg said:
"The owner of the business did tell us to take the doughnuts, as they would go to waste," Ruopp said.
"However, they were returned with the van."
Undoubtedly the police returned the doughnuts with the van
after extensive testing for purity.
 

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I wonder if the pd will get free (or at least discounted) donuts for a while. lol

I can't say anything about donuts though... I love them... Especially some fresh Krispy Kremes.. If there was one in town I would become an instant diabetic.. lol
 

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Too bad the article has the events out of chronological order. Are you SURE the donuts were untouched? (;->) I can see it now, a police convoy chasing a donut truck. So where's the video? Eeeesh, that would be NUMBER ONE WITH A BULLET (sic) on You Tube!
 
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