Police said a former Watertown woman stole a vehicle Monday morning and then lied about her identity to avoid arrest on a Suffolk County probation arrest warrant.
Randi T. Montez, 28, Riverhead, Long Island, allegedly stole a 2008 Hyundai Tucson SUV valued at $6,400, owned by Micki L. Graban, of 225 N. Hamilton St. Police said Ms. Montez stole the vehicle from Ms. Grabans residence at 6:08 a.m. Monday. When police confronted her on the 300 block of North Indiana Avenue, she identified herself as 26-year-old Theodora R. Montez to avoid arrest on the warrant, they said.
As she was being processed at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, Ms. Montez refused to be fingerprinted and photographed, police said.
She was charged with third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, and second-degree criminal impersonation, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and second-degree obstructing governmental administration, all misdemeanors.
In an apparently separate incident, Ms. Montez was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, after police said she knowingly possessed a stolen USAA credit card belonging to Nicolas G. Ouimet, of 421 East Ave. She was arraigned in City Court and sent back to the jail on $5,000 cash bail.
On Nov. 11, Ms. Montez, then known as Randi T. Carter-Montez, was sentenced to six months time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years probation after she pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
In that incident, she possessed a 2005 Dodge Caravan that had been stolen from Hope House Ministries in Port Jefferson, Suffolk County.