Man Charged with Trying to Steal Glendale PD Vehicle in Front of Officers

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GLENDALE (CNS) - A man who allegedly tried to steal a Glendale police vehicle while officers were investigating a nearby traffic crash was in custody today, authorities said.

Oscar Rivera, 25, of Los Angeles, was arrested Thursday and booked on suspicion of attempted carjacking, according to the Glendale Police Department. He was being held on $100,000 bail, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported.

According to police, the incident occurred while officers were investigating a traffic crash about 11 a.m. Thursday near Glorietta Avenue and Verdugo Road.

“One of the officers on scene was conducting traffic control, standing just outside of their vehicle, which was running with the keys in the ignition, when ... (Rivera), who was walking by, suddenly ran towards their vehicle and entered the driver seat,'' police said in a statement.

“When officers observed Rivera running towards the police unit, they ran after him,'' police said. “As Rivera entered the driver seat and began trying to put the vehicle into drive, officers were able to get control of him, take him out of the unit and handcuff him.''

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