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Man breaks into and steals Phoenix police car, flees with patrol rifle

Officials said that the man was arrested as he was trying to run from the vehicle, and dumped the gun off along the way.

PHOENIX — A man has been arrested after breaking into a Phoenix Police Department patrol car and stealing a rifle that was kept inside the vehicle, police officials said.

According to a police spokesman, officers were investigating the shooting of a teenager near 4200 North 35th Avenue on Saturday morning. Although the teen's injuries were found to be non-life threatening, a man unrelated to the investigation broke into one of their patrol vehicles.

That, identified as 20-year-old Isaiah Orozco, broke the window out of a parked patrol car. He then used the police car to drive away from the scene.

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Orozco was later found trying to flee the patrol car on foot and was taken into custody. Police found that he'd stolen a patrol rifle from the car, but dumped it as he was trying to escape.

That weapon and the patrol car were recovered by police officers, authorities said.

Police have not confirmed what charges Orozco is facing at this time or a motive behind the theft.

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