A Kansas City, Kan. woman told authorities she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and didn’t know where she was when they pulled her over for speeding and found stolen property in her vehicle. Kansas City Police Department officers found a stolen Weber charcoal grill, a purse, a wallet and sunglasses in 30-year-old Siegi Taylor’s damaged 2003 Hyundai Sonata after a routine traffic stop on the afternoon of Oct. 11 led to her arrest and a search warrant acquisition for the vehicle. The items were identified as belonging to a Kansas City, Mo. woman, who had her home broken into the previous night.
The victim reported damage to the garage door handle at her home and a broken glass basement door in addition to missing items at about 9 p.m. Oct. 10. The grill, purse and wallet, containing a debit card, were listed as stolen.
The debit card was used early the next morning at two different convenience stores on purchases totaling more than $200, the second for $127.80 to buy cigarettes and gasoline.
About 12 hours later, a Parkville Police Department officer pulled over a white Hyundai Sonata for speeding in the 8000 block of Highway 45 with Taylor the lone occupant. She was taken into custody for outstanding warrants, and during a routine search, the officer located the burglary victim’s debit card in Taylor’s front pants pocket.
The officer also noticed a grill, a purse and unopened cartons of cigarettes in the front passenger seat.
After securing the warrant, police found the victim’s property, three unopened cartons of Newport cigarettes, one unopened carton of Kush cigarellos and $31 in cash. The victim identified her property, and the cigarettes were determined to have been purchased with the stolen debit card.
A convenience store employee identified Taylor as the person who used the stolen debit card from a photo lineup, as did another witness who reported a suspicious woman with a damaged car knocking on doors and asking for money and a phone in the early morning hours following the burglary. He lived about one block away from where the break-in happened.
Taylor faces up to 15 years in prison after being charged with one felony count each for forgery and receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor for fraudulent use of a credit/debit device. She later posted $7,500 bond.