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As any cop knows, the crime-fighting equipment wielded by Guardian Angels usually comes in the Boy Scout form of first-aid kits and walkie-talkies. So D.C. police officers working the 1st District on Aug. 4 were shocked when they heard one of the red-beret-clad vigilantes sending out a description of a car-break-in suspect over a department-issued radio. Such airwaves are usually reserved for police personnel only. The cops “were more concerned with the Angels having a radio than with chasing [the suspect] down,” according to John Ayala, head of the Angels’ D.C. chapter, who says he received an earful from the station’s watch commander over the incident. But as it turned out, the commander was merely out of the loop; the Angels had been signing out the radio at a police substation since January. The police department had no comment. —Dave Jamieson