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LAPD suspends some cadet programs after teens stole cruisers

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)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has suspended training for teen police volunteers at two divisions where cadets suspected of stealing department cruisers were based.

The LAPD said Sunday that the suspensions are part of a thorough review of the 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 take the cars from a stationhouse parking lot. Police are investigating whether they impersonated officers and pulled over drivers.

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

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