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Man steals police cruiser, loses legs in crash

August 31, 2012 |  6:24 am

PHOTOS: Stolen LAPD cruiser

A man stole a police cruiser in South Los Angeles early Friday morning and then crashed it into a parked car, a light pole and a Starbucks, losing both of his legs, officials said.

The man, between 25 and 30 years old, stole the cruiser at about 4 a.m. and crashed it in the 1200 block of South La Brea Avenue, police said. The man lost both of his legs in the incident, but no one else was hurt, said Mike Coleman, an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division.

PHOTOS: Stolen LAPD cruiser

Barriers have been set up about a block in each direction of the La Brea Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard intersection, police said.

Police said they are still investigating how the man was able to take the car. No other information about the incident was immediately available.

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Photo: Los Angeles police photographer documents the scene after a man stole a police car and smashed into a Starbucks on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

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