Racine police say a 21-year-old woman stole a car from an auto shop in Kenosha, then lied to police about her identity while a warrant was out for her arrest in Kenosha.

Terria Walker, of Racine, was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and one misdemeanor count of obstruction. If convicted of these charges, she faces up to four years in prison and/or up to $20,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman on June 6 dropped a 2007 Lincoln Zephry off at Ashley Motors in Kenosha for a friend. She put the keys under the mat and left the doors unlocked so mechanics could pull the car in to perform scheduled work. When an Ashley employee went to retrieve the vehicle, it was gone, so he called the owner.

Racine police say they received a report Wednesday that a stolen car matching the description of the car in Kenosha was located in the 1200 block of LaSalle Street. Officers set up surveillance and observed Walker approach the car and retrieve something from it before getting into another car and driving off.

Officers initiated a traffic stop and asked Walker for her name, the complaint reads, but she lied and said her name was Latoria Johnson. After she was threatened with arrest, Walker came clean and said she lied because she knew there was a warrant out for her arrest in Kenosha for driving without a license.

Police say Walker knows a woman who sometimes rents out her car for cash so Walker on June 5 paid the woman $30 to rent her car as long as she had the car back by the time bars close at 2 a.m. Walker told officers she drove around with a friend getting high and passed out. When she woke up, she observed a male subject sitting in the backseat of the car with a firearm saying things like, “We gotta do this,” and “We gotta go take care of this.”

Walker told the parties she would call the police if they left in the car, but they ignored her and left anyway, the complaint reads. Walker said she told the woman who rented her the car about the situation and that the woman should report the car stolen. Then, on June 16, she was told to move the car because it had been reported stolen.

The defendant remains in the Racine County Jail on $1,500 bail. She will next be in court June 25 for her preliminary hearing.

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