“Extraterrestrials Told Me to Do It” Says Woman Charged with Grand Theft Auto
SPRING HILL – A man’s poor choice to leave the keys in his car, led to the “abduction” of his 2014 Nissan Versa from the parking lot of Panera Bread, yesterday.
According to officials, William Kehoe stopped at the Panera Bread on U.S. 19 around 6:45 a.m., to enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend. For reasons unknown, Kehoe left his car keys in the vehicle and the windows down.
While inside, a woman entered Kehoe’s vehicle, rummaged through his personal items and placed two eyeglass cases on the sidewalk. At that time, the woman fled the area in Kehoe’s vehicle in an unknown direction of travel.
Later that day, a friend of Kehoe, John Stachowiak, located the vehicle in the parking lot of Big Lots on Commercial Way. Kehoe responded to the scene and confronted the woman who was still seated in the vehicle. Kehoe asked the woman, later identified as 29-year-old Amber Elizabeth Simpson, what she was doing in his car. In a very confused state, Simpson replied “Someone told me to take it.”
Deputies who arrived on the scene say Simpson appeared to be psychotic and was speaking about extraterrestrial beings telling her what to do.
Simpson is charged with one count of Grand Theft Auto and is free on $2,000 bond.
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