California man arrested for stealing cop car from Arizona hospital 04/19/2021 12:43 pm PDT Comments Maricopa County MESA, Ariz. (TCD) -- A California man was arrested for allegedly stealing a police car from a hospital in Arizona on Wednesday, April 14. Mesa Police said a fully marked police vehicle was parked at Banner Desert Medical Center near S. Dobson Rd. and Southern Ave. at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, KNXV-TV reports. Police said a suspect opened the door to the vehicle and found keys inside, started the vehicle and drove away. Raudel Cardenas, 32, was arrested about 2 miles away, near Country Club Drive and Southern Ave., when an officer saw him allegedly sitting in, then exiting the vehicle, police said. KPHO-TV reports Cardenas cooperated with the officer, showing him his driver's license and answering his questions. Cardenas, a Lake Hughes, California resident, reportedly told police he “took the vehicle so he could go home,” KPHO reports. Cardenas was charged with one count of theft of a means of transportation. MORE: PD: Man arrested after stealing police car from Mesa hospital parking lot - KNXVMan accused of stealing marked Mesa police car from hospital wanted to go home - KPHOMan accused of stealing police car from Mesa hospital - KSAZ #Arizona #Phoenix Related Stories Florida ambulance-theft suspect arrested near sheriff’s station Minor-league Cubs pitcher arrested with 21 pounds of suspected meth in car Phoenix man arrested for drugs after calling cops on non-existent burglary: Police Police: Arizona man faked abduction in attempt to get out of work Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.