ST. PETERSBURG (CBSMiami) — A St. Petersburg woman is behind bars after she allegedly hopped in a police car and tried to get away.
It all began Saturday night when to St. Petersburg officers were sent to check out reports of a domestic disturbance. When the officers arrived, they got out of their patrol car but left the keys in the ignition.READ MORE: Boynton Beach Man Arrested After Remains Of Missing Woman Found In His Backyard
While the officers were busy, Vanessa Brooks, 22, who was nearby flagged down a driver. When the driver stopped, Brooks allegedly reached into the car and stole the driver’s cell phone.
Brooks reportedly then ran to the police cruiser, got inside, backed up into another police car and drove off.READ MORE: Miami-Dade PD Arrests 19-Year-Old Wanted For Deadly Triple Shooting
When the officers wrapped up their disturbance call they discovered their patrol car was gone. They radioed it in and minutes later Tampa police found Brooks in a restaurant’s parking lot. She was arrested and taken to Hillsborough County Jail.
Brooks faces charges of vehicle burglary, auto theft and leaving the scene of a crash.MORE NEWS: Two Very Different Tales At Two Different Federal COVID Vaccine Sites
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