LAPD cadets stole police cars and may have impersonated officers, chief says – Los Angeles Times

Three teenagers who were enrolled in the Los Angeles Police Department’s cadet program stole three police cruisers along with stun guns, radios and a bulletproof vest during a string of thefts then ended in a pair of car chases late Wednesday night, according to Police Chief Charlie Beck.

The cadets, whose identities were withheld because of their age, were arrested Wednesday night after two of the pursuits ended in crashes in South L.A., Beck said during a news conference Thursday afternoon.

One of the vehicles that crashed was stolen from a parking garage at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Division, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation. The other was allegedly taken from the LAPD’s 77th Street station in South Los Angeles, the sources said. A third vehicle went missing, but was later recovered, according to Beck.

The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the incident.

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