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.
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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