Police: Newark-area woman caught with stolen SUV
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.