Missoula Police Arrest Woman for Stealing an Unlocked Subaru
Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On October 9, 2022, at approximately 10:40 a.m., a Missoula Police Department officer responded to a stolen vehicle report in a parking lot on Wyoming Street. When the officer arrived, he made contact with the victim.
The victim reported that his 2018 Subaru Outback was stolen at approximately 8:00 a.m. that morning. The victim explained that he left the vehicle unlocked with the keys inside.
The victim obtained surveillance video of a female entering the vehicle and driving away. The victim stated that his Subaru has Starlink, which allows its location to be tracked. The victim contacted Starlink and reported the theft.
Starlink later notified law enforcement that the stolen Subaru was parked at the Days Inn on E. Broadway. Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold explains.
“Officers took a report of a stolen vehicle,” Arnold said. “The victim was able to provide video surveillance, which showed a person, Nacheyla Dempsey, entering the vehicle and driving away. The victim was able to use Starlink to get the location of the vehicle. Officers located the vehicle, but at the time, the vehicle was unoccupied.”
According to court documents, another officer also responded to that location. When he arrived, he observed a female walk by wearing the exact same clothing depicted on the victim’s surveillance video. The officer stopped the female and identified her.
“While at the vehicle, a female who had been seen on video surveillance was located near the area,” Arnold said. “Officer reviewed other business surveillance and under Miranda, spoke with Dempsey. During the search incident to arrest, officers located items belonging to the victim on Dempsey’s person.”
Inside Dempsey’s pocket, the officer discovered a checkbook belonging to the victim and a wallet containing the victim’s identifying information. According to Kelly Blue Book, the value of the Subaru is $22,320.
Dempsey is currently being charged with one count of felony theft.
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