Bradenton police charge 'girlfriend' of car theft victim

August 23, 2013 

Halley Michelle Depew

HERALD STAFF REPORT

BRADENTON -- A 24-year-old Sarasota County woman was charged on Friday with stealing a car, according to Bradenton police.

Halley Michelle Depew, who lives in Nokomis, told Bradenton police that she is the girlfriend of the car theft victim even though she hasn't spoken to the victim for about two weeks.

Depew was seen by officers driving erratically on 12th Street West in Bradenton at 2:54 a.m. Friday, according to a Bradenton Police Department report.

A check of a data base revealed to the officers that the vehicle Depew was driving was stolen out of Sarasota County, the report states.

As Depew turned into a driveway in the 2100 block of 10th St. West, officers stopped the vehicle, which contained Depew and a passenger.

Depew said she took the vehicle from the victim two weeks ago and hasn't communicated with the victim since, according to the report.

Depew was still in the Manatee County jail Friday subject to a $1,500 bond for car theft, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office website.

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