A 20-year-old woman allegedly broke into her grandparents's Kenai home with a pick ax and stole their 2005 Nissan Altima earlier this week.
Kenai Police arrested Lindsay McDaniel on April 5 when an officer saw her driving the reportedly stolen vehicle on the Kenai Spur Highway.
"It was just one of those quirks where one officer called in the stolen car and another officer said 'It's right here in front of me,'" Kenai Police Sgt. Scott McBride said.
Police heard about the case when a woman called at about noon on Monday to report a stolen vehicle. The woman told police her parents's Wortham Drive home had been broken into. She said she had been checking in on her parent's home while they were out of the state.
When the woman went inside the house, she found a coat and other pieces of clothing that belonged to her daughter, McDaniel. She also found a bag that might have belonged to her daughter's boyfriend, according to the police report.
Inside the coat pocket, police found a grocery receipt with Lindsay McDaniel's name on it, according to the police report. When police searched the bathroom, they found signs of an alleged break-in.
"There were fresh pry marks in the paint on the window trim and gouges in the wood frame that indicated the window had been pried open," the report reads. "Underneath the window leaning against the outside of the house was an old miner's style pick ax that had similar colored wood chips and window trim paint color on the ax head."
The mother told police that McDaniel had recently come down to the Kenai Peninsula from Fairbanks. McDaniel had been staying with her mother in Nikiski, but her mother told police that she hadn't seen McDaniel "for the last two weeks."
When police stopped McDaniel on the Spur Highway, she told them she was "watching" her grandmother's house and stayed there "a couple of nights," according to the report.
McDaniel's grandmother told police she had never said her granddaughter could stay at the house or drive the Nissan.
McDaniel was arrested on vehicle theft and burglary felony charges. She was taken to Wildwood pretrial and arraigned on the charges Tuesday morning. McDaniel also has an open misdemeanor DUI case against her, according to court records.
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