Ohio Cops Find Suspicious Ford Crown Victoria Full of Mad Max-Style Weapons

Amateur filmmakers, doomsday preppers, and ancaps take heed: Don't be caught skulking around abandoned buildings with a car full of weapons.

East Liverpool Police Department

An unnamed individual was detained by police and their vehicle was searched after being spotted prowling an abandoned property with weaponry.

According to a social media post by law enforcement of East Liverpool, Ohio, the department responded to a call from a concerned citizen who spotted a suspicious individual poking around an abandoned property owned by a local florist. Officers that arrived on the scene found a Ford Crown Victoria with a faded police livery and an individual with "a very large knife," whom they took into custody before commencing a search of the vehicle.

Officers photographed the search of the suspect's Crown Vic, which looks outfitted for a supporting role in the next Mad Max film. Inside the vehicle, officers found a loaded handgun, magazines, a box of ammunition, and empty shell casings.

Additional ranged weapons discovered in the vehicle included a crossbow and an air rifle. A starter pistol was also discovered in the footwell next to ski goggles and a pair of shoes.

Multiple modified baseball bats were found in the vehicle, one with two circular saw blades bound around the barrel, the other encrusted in bottle caps. A plethora of knives, a flag that appears to have been fashioned into a spear, and a club were also present.

Small details suggest this vehicle and its contents could belong to an aspiring independent filmmaker, rather than a domestic terrorist. Crime scene tape labeled "ZOMBIE," rubber rats, and a repainted Nerf gun more closely resemble low-budget film props than the property of a doomsday prepper. Presence of a handicap placard and a vape pen only serve to further imply that this is simply a vehicle customized by someone who has played too much Fallout.

East Liverpool Police Department

The ELPD has yet to publish a report of the incident to its website, and told The Drive that its official account "may take a few days." The Drive will keep an eye out for department releases to determine whether the owner of this car was dismissed with a warning or spent a night in jail. Either will serve as a lesson on attracting the general public's suspicion.

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