Former Kidnapping Victim Charged with Grand Theft Auto, Search for SUV and Additional Suspects Underway
BROOKSVILLE – A familiar face is back in the news, after officials say 27-year-old Michelle Padurano stole an SUV that was parked in front of a residence on Oak Street.
According to Brooksville Police, Padurano stole the maroon 2000 Chevy Tahoe and then traveled to Walmart on US-41, where she made a fraudulent $45.00 purchase with a stolen debit card found inside the SUV.
Today, Officers made contact with Padurano at her home on E. Ft Dade Ave and placed her into custody without incident – but the SUV remains missing.
The victim, Veronica Rojero, contacted RNRF and asked to share details and photographs of her stolen vehicle. Rojero says her SUV has been spotted around Spring Hill with a tag that doesn’t match the vehicle. The latest spotting was in the area of Spring Hill Drive and Mariner Blvd with the original tag placed back on the vehicle. Rojero is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of her SUV to call 352-238-8634.
Padurano has been the subject of several RNRF headlines, including being the victim of a drug related kidnapping and an armed burglary arrest.
Padurano is currently held at the Hernando County Jail on a $4,000 bond.
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