A police officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who spotted a city police sport-utility vehicle oddly parked at La Guardia Airport on Saturday discovered that it had been stolen that morning in the Bronx, the authorities said.
The S.U.V., a Chevrolet Tahoe, which was attached to the Police Department’s Highway Unit, was parked by an officer at 7:33 a.m. near Pelham Parkway South and Cruger Avenue in the Bronxdale neighborhood, the police said.
As the officer, Nelson Robles, left the vehicle idling and unattended to enter a store, a man jumped inside and drove off, the police said.
Officer Robles, a 15-year veteran, had gone into the store “for personal reasons,” an official said, without elaborating.
Later, after the officer was interviewed by supervisors, he was suspended without pay and stripped of his gun and badge, the police said.