Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing a Glendale police car from the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy.

William Menser of Palm Springs pleaded guilty to four counts of second- degree burglary and single counts each of car theft, grand theft auto, and receiving stolen property, all felonies, according to court records.

Sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 20.

Co-defendant Kevin Sanchez, 21, of Tustin, is next due in court Oct. 3 for a pretrial hearing.

The police vehicle, which was reported stolen Jan. 2, was being used by recruits at the academy during training programs, according to Tustin police Sgt. Andrew Birozy. Police alleged property was taken from multiple other law enforcement vehicles at the academy.

The stolen squad car was found abandoned in Garden Grove on Jan. 3, according to Birozy.

When police arrested Menser and Sanchez they had some of the stolen loot from the burglarized law enforcement vehicles, Birozy alleged.

City News Service

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