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Thieves Likely No Match for the Scooter Patrol

April 24, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Purse-snatchers beware: Atlanta police are riding shiny new $9,000 scooters--and it will take at least a brisk jog to get away from them.

The city's finest unveiled a battalion of Segway Human Transporter vehicles. The battery-powered, two-wheeled scooters can hit 15 mph.

Inventor Dean Kamen introduced the gyroscope-stabilized scooters last fall after keeping them secret for months under the code names IT and Ginger.

Police in Atlanta are borrowing six of the scooters for a test.

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