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Police Cruiser Theft Arrest
A man who stole an Asheville police cruiser Tuesday night is now in the Buncombe County Detention Center.
Officers arrested 24 year old Asheville resident, Benjamin Alexander Cator Wednesday night at around 9:30pm.
Investigators say he stole the patrol car Tuesday night from the Skyland Substation, after an officer left the keys in the ignition.
The car was found a short distance away.
Officers say Cator then stole a pickup truck and hit another patrol car during a chase.
Cator is charged with Larceny of Motor Vehicle (2), Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Gov't Official (3), Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Gov't Official Inflicting Injury (1), Attempted Common Law Robbery, Larceny of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Speeding to Elude Arrest (F), Hit and Run (M), DWLR (2), RDO (2), 2nd Degree Trespass, Seat Belt Violation.
Police Cheif William J. Anderson said in a press release to the media that there will be, "a thorough internal administrative investigation". Anderson also says the officer involved is currently on investigative suspension.
Cator is being held under a $76,000 bond at the Buncombe County Detention Facility.