If you want to see the police make an all-out effort to catch someone, just have that person steal a doughnut truck. Trust me, the police will pull out all the stops.
The van, owned by Donut Delite of Moline, Ill., was stolen early Thursday while the driver was making deliveries at a hospital in nearby Rock Island. The driver had left the van running, and a man jumped in and headed for Iowa, just over the Mississippi River.
A Benton County, Iowa, sheriff's deputy spotted the van later in the morning, and eight other officers eventually joined the chase. Authorities finally cornered it in neighboring Tama County.
Frank Alvarado, 46, of Moline, Ill., was charged with theft and other counts and was held on $15,000 bond.
The apprehension of the thief (who we suspect had a glazed look when he saw all the police) was lucrative for the cops. The doughnut shop gave them the van load of doughnuts for catching the doughnut-jacker.