Female thief uses unlocked police vehicle as getaway car (video)

Vanessa Brooks 
By: Chan Yuan 

(Scroll down for video) A woman used an unlocked police vehicle as a getaway car after she stole a cell phone.

It all started when police were called to a domestic dispute in St. Petersburg, Florida, where two people were fighting.

Two officers responded to the scene in separate cars. One of the responding officers left his police cruiser unlocked with the keys inside the car as he entered the home.

The unlocked car made a perfect get-away vehicle for 22-year-old Vanessa Brooks. According to police, Brooks flagged down a passing truck, and as she got into the truck she grabbed a cell phone and ran towards an apartment complex.

When the truck driver pursued her, Brooks ran to the officers’ parked cars. She jumped into the unlocked police car and drove off.

Later, when the officers came out of the house, they realized that one car was missing. The car was tracked down through GPS and was located at a McDonald's parking lot in Tampa, Florida.

As police approached the car, Brooks ran away. Police officers began to chase after Brooks and arrested her. Meanwhile, the car that Brooks had left in gear, rolled backward and hit a tree, according to police.

Now, both the woman and the police officer, are facing consequences.

Brooks was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail and charged with grand theft auto, obstructing an officer and theft.

The officer is facing disciplinary action for leaving the car unlocked.



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