Police say woman who needed a ride stole cruiser By Kim Lyons TRIBUNE-REVIEW Wednesday, March 2, 2005 A Crafton woman who stole a police cruiser parked outside the Carnegie police station this morning told officers she just needed a lift home. Theresa E. Zygula, 49, of North Emily Street, left a bar on North Main Street in Carnegie about 2:30 this morning, police Chief Jeff Harbin said. "She told officers later that she only had 80 cents on her, and she had no way to get home," Harbin said. So Zygula walked across the street to the Carnegie municipal building and knocked on the door of the police station, Harbin said. "She said there was no answer, but apparently didn't see the phone right by the door that would have connected her to the desk." An officer using the restroom had left his cruiser parked in front of the building with the engine running, Harbin said. "I think it's safe to say he had a reasonable expectation that the car would be safe there," he said. As the officer came out of the police station, Harbin said, he saw his cruiser driving away without the lights on. "He tried to flag her down, but she sped past him." The cruiser was found a short time later, parked on South Linwood Street in Crafton. Footprints in the snow led police from the car to a house, and Zygula was found inside, Harbin said. The cruiser was not damaged, and Zygula was uninjured, he said. She is charged with theft by unlawful taking and operating a vehicle without a license. Harbin said he's been getting those middle-of-the night phone calls for the 15 years he's been at the helm in Carnegie. "It's never good news," he said. "But when I hung up the phone after this call, I actually laughed a little bit." He and the other officers are still scratching their heads about why Zygula decided to steal the car from right in front of the police station. All things considered, it could have been worse, Harbin mused. "At least it wasn't parked in front of a doughnut shop," he said. "That would have been a little embarrassing."