Police arrest 69-year-old woman for 2nd-degree felony theft of rental vehicle

LAVERKIN – Thinking about keeping that rental car longer than planned without making proper arrangements? Better think twice, as one 69-year-old woman found out Friday when she was arrested on a second-degree felony charge of theft of a rental vehicle.

Police responded to a LaVerkin residence on a report of a stolen vehicle from Enterprise Rental Company. When they arrived at the address, they located the vehicle in the driveway, according to a probable cause statement filed by the LaVerkin City Police Department in support of the arrest.

Deelyn Sharples, of LaVerkin, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 23, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News
Deelyn Sharples, of LaVerkin, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 23, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

Officers went to the door of the residence and spoke with 69-year-old DeeLyn Sharples.

“DeeLyn stated the rental car company told her that she could return the vehicle anytime,” the arresting officer wrote in the statement. “DeeLynn’s daughter stated she talked to the company on Monday.”

However, Enterprise Rental Company told police they had not had any contact with Sharples since Oct. 12, according to the probable cause statement.

The rental car company responded to the scene and took possession of the vehicle.

Sharples was placed under arrest and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility where she was booked and charged with a second-degree felony for theft of a rental vehicle.

In Utah, the penalties Sharples potentially faces for a second-degree felony charge: one to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Sharples made her initial court appearance Monday afternoon.

According to booking information, she is still in police custody with bail for her release pending trial set at $10,000.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • native born new mexican October 27, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Wow it sounds like the cops have a really dangerous criminal locked up behind bars. I bet they are proud of this arrest. I am sure they had to carefully search this woman to be sure she didn’t bring drugs or a weapon or something in. I wonder if she resisted arrest and they had to get physical with her or maybe even tazer her. I can’t believe they would pass up the opportunity to taze her. Do you think they are being careful to give her all her medications on time? NOT ! If she needs to go to the hospital I think – I know they will have to hand cuff her to the bed so she does not escape or call all of her gang friends to the hospital. This whole thing is cruel and ridiculous. The rental car company has their car back. Enough already! Sick legal system!

  • ladybugavenger October 29, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I’m sure she’s just senile and really believes she talked to rental car company. They got their car. She didn’t go on a joy ride and a crime spree in their rental car. Geeeeze, you get no charges for forgetting a baby in a hot car and it dies and gets a fundraiser and this lady forgot to return a rental and you throw the book at her. I’m sure she just forgot and it was mistake #fundraiser

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