Chester Harbor woman charged with taking car
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.