Teens Crash Cruiser after Stealing it from Mass. Police Parking Lot

Oct. 24, 2022
Four teenagers were arrested after they used a key to take off with a Springfield police cruiser in a department parking lot before crashing at an intersection and abandoning the unit.

Four teenagers are under arrest after swiping a Springfield police cruiser from a department parking lot over the weekend, officials said.

The cruiser was stolen from the back lot of the police department headquarters Friday evening by a group of high school-aged adolescents, Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh said.

Around 7:20 p.m. Friday, he said, the teenagers crashed the vehicle at the intersection of Bowdoin and Lincoln streets. Officers arriving at the crash scene found the cruiser abandoned and the group missing.

On Saturday night, police in the Indian Orchard neighborhood arrested four teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16, who they said were responsible for the theft. The group had been attempting to break into other vehicles, but one teen had the keys to the lifted police cruiser, Walsh said. He did not specify how the teenagers obtained a key to a police cruiser.

Given their age, the department did not release the names of those arrested, nor the crimes they will be charged with. Springfield detectives are continuing to investigate the theft, Walsh said.

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