Grand theft auto charges have been brought against a woman who sold a friend’s car for scrap while he was in jail.
The woman, Jessie Kristain Stewart, 25, was bound to the grand jury on the charge of theft over $1,000 after she waived her right to preliminary hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke.
The charges were leveled after the rightful owner of the 1990 Honda Accord, Jean Luc Keller, filed a theft report with the police department.
In the report, Keller said he let Stewart keep his car while he was serving time at Warren County Jail. The co-owner of the car, Crystal Parton, at some point decided to go get the car but was frustrated by Stewart who would not produce the car. That was when Parton found out what had happened to the car Stewart had borrowed.
“After numerous questions, it was found to have been sold to Southern Central Iron and Metal for scrap,” said McMinnville police investigator Todd Rowland.
The investigator noted Stewart herself provided the most damaging evidence to suggest it was she who committed the crime.
“Ms. Stewart provided her thumb print and driver’s license for the sale of the auto,” Rowland said, pointing out proper ID is required when such items are sold for scrap.