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One of two men who stole a police car from the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy entered a guilty pleaded guilty Friday and was immediately sentenced to 210 days in jail and placed on three years of formal probation.

Kevin Sanchez, 21, of Tustin, pleaded guilty to two counts of second- degree burglary. One felony count each of stealing a car and grand theft, and a misdemeanor petty theft count, were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Co-defendant William Menser of Palm Springs pleaded guilty Sept. 18 to four counts of second-degree burglary and single counts of car theft, grand theft auto and receiving stolen property, according to court records.

Sentencing for Menser is scheduled for Nov. 20.

The Glendale 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. Property was also taken from multiple other law enforcement vehicles at the academy, according to police.

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

When police arrested Menser and Sanchez, they were in possession of some of the stolen loot from the burglarized law enforcement vehicles, Birozy said.

—City News Service

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