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Almost one year after allegedly stealing vehicle from Koons Toyota, Westminster woman charged

Almost one year after allegedly stealing vehicle from Koons Toyota, Westminster woman charged
Carrisa Spring Berkheimer (Courtesy Photo)

A Westminster woman was arrested Friday, nearly one year after she allegedly stole a vehicle from Koons Toyota of Westminster.

Carrisa Spring Berkheimer, 40, of the 700 block of Deer Park Road, was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and breaking and entering a motor vehicle rogue and vagabond, according to electronic court records.

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Berkheimer was held without bond as of a Monday bail review.

According to the statement of charges, police connected Berkheimer to the theft of a black 2005 Toyota Tacoma through two fingerprints found on the driver’s seat belt buckle.

Koons Toyota reported a missing vehicle to Maryland State Police on Aug. 21, 2018, according to the statement. The Tacoma’s former owner, John McHale, traded in the vehicle for a new one Aug. 18 and parked it in the used car lot, according to the statement. McHale called the dealership the next day and said he placed an additional key in the 2005 Tacoma’s glove box, while salesman Brandon Thompson had the other set of keys at his desk, according to the statement. A Koons Toyota employee last saw the Tacoma parked in the lot behind the building at 9 p.m. Aug. 20, the day before it was reported missing, according to the statement.

Two days later, the stolen vehicle was found in the parking lot of Birdie’s Cafe, less than half a mile from the dealership. The owner called police to have the vehicle removed Aug. 22 and said it had been in the parking lot for two days, according to the statement. Police found the vehicle locked and in “good condition with no damage observed,” according to the statement.

Crime scene technicians retrieved fingerprints and DNA from the vehicle, according to the statement. The results from the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division came back Dec. 7 as a “positive match to Carrisa Spring Berkheimer,” who has an “extensive history of theft as well as an unlawful taking of a vehicle in 2009,” according to the statement.

Police determined the vehicle’s previous owner did not know Berkheimer and Berkheimer never worked for Koons Toyota, though she did test-drive a vehicle there once in 2012, according to the statement.

Several months went by before police, who lacked Berkheimer’s current address, served her arrest warrant.

Law enforcement databases showed Berkheimer’s address changed several times, with her last known address being the 1100 block of N. Fulton Ave. in Baltimore, according to the statement. Court mail sent there was undeliverable on Jan. 22, according to the statement.

The warrant for Berkheimer’s arrest was issued Feb. 12 when her whereabouts were unknown, according to the statement. The warrant was served June 14, according to online court documents.

No attorney was listed for Berkheimer in online court records. A trial is scheduled for Aug. 27.

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