Po­lice: Newark-area woman caught with stolen SUV

Newark Post - - POLICE BLOTTER - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ches­pub.com

A Newark-area woman who claimed she bought a 2018 Toy­ota High­lander for $200 is fac­ing a felony theft charge, af­ter a pa­trol deputy saw her in­side the SUV near Elk­ton, Md., and then learned that it was listed as stolen, ac­cord­ing to the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

CCSO Deputy David Fitzger­ald spot­ted the SUV at about 6:20 p.m. June 24 in the 400 block of Wil­low Drive in the Wind­ing Brook neigh­bor­hood off Fletch­wood Road, north­east of Elk­ton, be­cause it was parked sus­pi­ciously, re­ported Lt. Michael Holmes, an agency spokesman.

The area is known for drug sales, Holmes said.

Af­ter run­ning a com­puter check on the tag num­ber, Fitzger­ald learned that the Toy­ota High­lander in ques­tion had been re­ported stolen in Wilm­ing­ton on May 26, po­lice re­ported.

The woman, Maya Brielle Howard, 20, iden­ti­fied her­self as the right­ful owner of the SUV, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

“Ms. Howard told Deputy Fitzger­ald that she paid $200 for the High­lander. She said she bought it from a man. She said that man told her the ve­hi­cle was not stolen,” Holmes said, be­fore com­ment­ing, “$200 for such a new ve­hi­cle, espe­cially one like that, is a re­ally low price.”

Howard named the pur­ported seller of the SUV but in­ves­ti­ga­tors had not been able to con­firm the ex­is­tence of such a per­son, ac­cord­ing to Holmes.

Fitzger­ald ar­rested Howard at the scene.

Howard, who is sched­uled for an Aug. 10 trial, is charged with theft of prop­erty val­ued at $25,000 to $100,000, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County District Court records. She re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter in lieu of $15,000 bond.

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