I-Team: Internal investigation underway after Cleveland police cruiser stolen

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CLEVELAND – The Fox 8 I-Team has learned an internal investigation is underway to determine how a Cleveland police cruiser was stolen early Saturday.

Police say the cruiser was taken from the old Third District police station around 3 a.m. Saturday.

Police discovered the cruiser had been stolen after a man called 9-1-1 saying a Cleveland Police Department car almost hit him.

“My first instinct was get out of the way,” said Tony Singleton of Cleveland. “I didn’t know if I was going to get hit or not, and another guy was about to cross the street, he froze and I dove.”

Owners of a store on East 116th say the stolen cruiser crashed into their building, before it became disabled a few blocks away.

The cruiser has major damage to the left front side.

Police arrested 29-year-old Anthony Benson of Cleveland on a charge of theft.