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Medford man charged with stealing UO police car

A Medford man has been arrested on charges he stole a University of Oregon police vehicle in Eugene while it was left running unattended.

On Thursday night outside the Eugene Greyhound station, Eugene and University of Oregon police arrested Ryan Paul McGill, 30, on charges alleging he bashed the window of a university-owned Ford Police Interceptor sedan and drove off with it using keys left inside the car, according to reports in the Eugene Register-Guard and University of Oregon Daily Emerald. 

Springfield police recovered the car within two hours after it was reported stolen at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The car reportedly had been left running in front of a University of Oregon communications building before it was stolen. UO Police Chief Matt Carmichael told the Register-Guard that leaving law enforcement vehicles running is "standard practice" to keep in-car computer and recording systems running, though officers are supposed to use a keyless system.

McGill was booked in the Lane County Jail on felony counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle and first-degree criminal mischief, and on a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully entering a vehicle. He was released Thursday because of overcrowding, according to court and jail records.

The case has not yet been filed in Lane County Circuit Court, though Jackson County records show he has pending felony charges of aggravated identity theft and first-degree theft from 2015. His next court appearance in the Jackson County case is set for July 25.