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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Merrimack woman charged with stealing car after test drive after leaving drivers license copy at dealership

NASHUA – Police arrested a Merrimack woman they say stole a car during a test drive and dumped it in Massachusetts after first letting dealership employees photocopy her driver’s license.

Caitlyn Caron, 19, of 33 Meetinghouse Road, Merrimack, is charged with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, a Class A felony. She was arrested Friday afternoon, police said. ...

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NASHUA – Police arrested a Merrimack woman they say stole a car during a test drive and dumped it in Massachusetts after first letting dealership employees photocopy her driver’s license.

Caitlyn Caron, 19, of 33 Meetinghouse Road, Merrimack, is charged with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, a Class A felony. She was arrested Friday afternoon, police said.

A local car dealership reported to Nashua police that Caron had stolen a vehicle during a test drive, police said. Members of the criminal investigation division furthered the investigation, police said.

On Nov. 18, Caron went on a test drive of a 2004 Volvo with a salesman from a Nashua dealership. The salesman, who was driving, pulled into a parking lot and got out to point out features of the car, Lt. Michael Moushegian said.

“At that point, Ms. Caron took the opportunity to scoot over to the driver’s seat and drive away without the employee in the vehicle,” Moushegian said.

The Volvo was recovered three days later – undamaged – in Methuen, Mass., Moushegian said.

Caron was identified as a suspect based on a photocopy of her driver’s license left at the dealership before the test drive, Moushegian said.

The Class A felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison plus fines, police said.

Caron’s bail was set at $10,000 cash or surety. She’s scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 30 at Nashua district court.

– PATRICK MEIGHAN