As of Wednesday, September 7, 2016
SUNNYSIDE A local woman is accused of stealing a vehicle right in front of a car dealer’s front window.
Vitalina Montoya Farias, 23, is charged with second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission and third-degree driving while license suspended, court documents state.
Farias was taken into custody Sunday evening after an officer spotted a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee reported stolen earlier that evening from SunTown Motors, 1119 S. 16th St., records show.
She was seen driving the Jeep in the area of North Avenue and N. 13th St., records show.
The dealer, “Mo” Monem Nassar, told police he recognized Farias because she is his friend’s cousin, records show.
He said she took the car when it was left running with the key in the ignition.
Farias initially failed to stop when officers attempted to pull over, records show. She pulled over about half-a-block later.
Nassar told officers he did not give her permission to drive the vehicle.