Man Stole North Miami Beach Police Car, "Wanted to Drive Around for a Little Bit": Cops

Stalyn Hernandez charged with grand theft of vehicle after stealing marked cop car from station: Police

Monday, Sep 2, 2013  |  Updated 5:57 PM EDT
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Stalyn Hernandez, who is charged with stealing a North Miami Beach Police car, appears in bond court.

Stalyn Hernandez, who is charged with stealing a North Miami Beach Police car, appears in bond court.

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A man is facing a grand theft auto charge after he stole a North Miami Beach Police car because he "just wanted to drive around for a little bit," police said.

Stalyn Enrique Hernandez, 28, was arrested shortly after stealing the marked Fort Crown Victoria cop car from the police station at 16901 Northeast 19th Avenue around 5 p.m. Sunday, according to a North Miami Beach Police arrest report released Monday.

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According to the report, Hernandez got into the car, which may have been unlocked, and found the key inside. He drove off and when police realized the car was missing, a search began.

The car was spotted heading north on West Dixie Highway approaching Northeast 172nd Street, where it was stopped at a red light, the report said.

When an officer approached the car, Hernandez rolled down the window and said "I just wanted to drive around for a little bit," the report said.

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He was taken into custody without incident and there was no damage to the car.

During a bond court appearance Monday, Hernandez was ordered held on $5,000 bond. It was unknown whether he has an attorney.

North Miami Beach Police said there is an internal investigation into the incident.

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