Woman Arrested for Not Returning Car After Test Drive

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(ConservativeHub.com) – A woman from Utica, New York, identified as Theresa A. Price, 48, was detained after taking a car for a test drive from an Otesego County dealership and eventually being found roughly 200 miles distant. She initially informed the dealership she intended to have the car inspected by her local mechanic. However, by the next day, she hadn’t returned, leading to a widespread search by authorities.

Price was eventually located at a Pembroke truck stop, near Buffalo, with the dealership’s vehicle. She was apprehended and charged with third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, by the New York State Police. She was then taken to the Otsego County Jail for further procedures.

In New York, third-degree grand larceny pertains to thefts of items valued between $3,000 and $50,000. The exact value of the taken vehicle remains uncertain, according to Newsweek. Class D felonies in the state encompass a range of crimes, including theft and fraud. If convicted of a non-violent Class D felony, the maximum penalty can be seven years, while a violent Class D felony conviction may range from two to seven years.

Grand larceny has been a consistent problem in New York, even though some crime rates have decreased. Newsweek reported that in March alone, New York City reported 4,129 grand larceny cases, a small rise from the previous year’s 4,113 in the same month. Additionally, there were 1,178 grand larceny auto cases, marking a 14.3% surge from 1,031 cases during the same period in 2022.

According to the outlet, Keechant L. Sewell, the then New York City Police Commissioner, acknowledged this trend, noting that while there was a decrease in certain crime categories in the first quarter, felony assaults and grand larceny autos remained challenges.

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