A report of a stolen car on Saturday, Feb. 7 turned out to be no joke.
Two days later, the Platte County Prosecutor’s Office charged Sasha M. Moses with a pair of felonies for tampering with a motor vehicle and felonious restraint after she allegedly hopped in a running car at the Platte City QuikTrip and drove off with an occupant in the backseat. The Missouri State Highway Patrol later stopped the vehicle on Interstate 29 near U.S. 36 Highway with Moses and the victim unharmed.
Authorities took Moses into custody after she refused to identify herself at the scene but released her on Sunday. An active warrant is now out for her arrest.
According to a probable cause statement, three individuals were in a 2008 Honda Accord that stopped at QuikTrip at about 6 p.m. on Saturday. Two females went inside, leaving a male in the running car.
While waiting for the driver and other passenger to return, a female — later identified as Moses — got into the vehicle and drove off. The male asked her what she was doing, and she said she knew his two friends who went inside, leading him to believe a joke was being played.
Conversely, the two females believed the male victim was playing the joke, before eventually contacting a Platte City Police Department officer at the store to report the car stolen.
The female passenger was instructed to call the male friend, who reported that a woman had indeed stolen the vehicle and was refusing to stop and let him out. The male said he realized it probably wasn’t a joke when the vehicle began traveling north on I-29.
After speaking with his friend, the male victim called 911 and remained on the line as authorities attempted to locate the vehicle.
The two charges against Moses carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.