Ch­ester Har­bor woman charged with tak­ing car

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KINGSTOWN — A Ch­ester Har­bor woman was charged with un­law­fully tak­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle af­ter an em­ployee at the Court­yard Inn on Route 213 re­ported his car was stolen from the park­ing lot Dec. 1.

Mayurku­mar Pa­tel of Mid­dle­town told the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice he had started his car, then gone back into the ho­tel. When he re­turned to the park­ing lot about 6:26 a.m., his car was gone.

Deputy Ed­ward Sut­ton ob­tained a de­scrip­tion of the per­son who drove off in the car from the ho­tel’s sur­veil­lance video, an African Amer­i­can woman in dis­tinc­tive cloth­ing, po­lice said.

Later that day, the deputy re­sponded to the Citgo gas sta­tion in ref­er­ence to a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle left in the park­ing lot. He iden­ti­fied the car as the one miss­ing from Court­yard Inn; it had front end dam­age as if it had been wrecked, said Lau­ren Moses, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for the sher­iff’s of­fice. The car was re­leased to Pa­tel, po­lice said.

Work­ing with an­other deputy, Sut­ton was able to iden­tify the sus­pect as Chantel Stan­ley, 32, of the 500 block of Round­top Road in Ch­ester Har­bor.

Stan­ley was ar­rested and charged with un­law­fully tak­ing the car, theft over $1,000 and un­der $25,000, and ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty.

Stan­ley is be­ing held with­out bail in the Queen Anne’s County De­ten­tion Cen­ter. A trial date has been set for Jan. 25.

CHANTEL STAN­LEY

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