Police: Woman steals two cruisers

March 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 (UPI) -- Authorities said a woman who stole a police cruiser Tuesday in New Jersey crashed in Philadelphia and stole another police cruiser.

Camden Police Chief John Thompson said the woman, whose name was not released, and a male suspect stole a Camden police car from in front of the police administration building during a traffic stop shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday, Philly.com reported Tuesday.

Thompson said an officer was struck during the theft and taken to Cooper Hospital with a leg injury.

The stolen cruiser was tracked across the Ben Franklin Bridge and into Philadelphia, where it crashed. The woman, who had been driving the crashed vehicle, fled on foot and stole a Philadelphia police cruiser while she was being pursued, police said.

The woman was arrested after a vehicle chase.

It was unclear whether the male suspect was apprehended, Philly.com said.

"I've never heard of anybody stealing two police cars in the same incident," Deputy Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said. He described the thefts as "bold, reckless, and absolutely brazen."

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