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AAA  Jun. 19, 2017 10:09 AM ET
LAPD suspends cadet programs following cruiser thefts
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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck comments on stolen police cars during a news conference in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017. Beck says teenage police cadets stole three patrol cars and led officers on wild chases through the city. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)

(AP) — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has suspended cadet training at two divisions where cadets suspected of stealing department cruisers were based.

The LAPD said Sunday the suspensions are part of a thorough review of the department's cadet program and policies for managing inventory.

Three teenagers in the program for those who may want to become officers stole three patrol vehicles June 14. The trio led officers on wild pursuits that ended with crashes.

Beck said two boys and a girl ages 15, 16 and 17 used a vacationing sergeant's name to drive the cars out of a stationhouse parking lot. Police are investigating whether the teens impersonated officers and pulled over drivers.

Two of the accused cadets were assigned to the 77th Street Division and the third to the Pacific Division.

Associated Press
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