A warrant was served Saturday for a Texas woman allegedly tied to a string of vehicle break-ins around Westminster.
Alyssa Raye Russomanno, 24, of San Antonio, was charged with 36 counts including multiple counts of theft, rogue and vagabond and malicious destruction of property. She was being held on $3,000 bond following a Monday bail review as of 6 p.m. Monday, according to electronic court records.
According to the statement of charges, the Westminster Police Department responded to a series of incidents between Oct. 4 and Oct. 9 in which the windows of 12 vehicles were broken. In some cases items were stolen, including a wallet, an electronic GPS and several radar detection devices.
A credit card from the stolen wallet was later used at two locations in Westminster to purchase food and gas, according to the statement.
Investigators believed the car break-ins to have been carried out by two individuals, traveling in a late model Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. On Oct. 10, an officer observed a vehicle matching the description. The vehicle fled, initiating high-speed pursuit that had to be terminated because of the fleeing vehicle’s reckless actions, according to a news release from the Westminster Police Department.
On Oct. 10, Russomanno and Luis Alejandro Gonzalez, with whom she was allegedly traveling, were arrested and charged in relation with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and theft valued between $1,000 and $25,000, according to electronic court records.
While being interviewed by police on Oct.10, Russomanno stated she was with Gonzalez when he broke into vehicles. She said she was asleep in the truck and that at other times he would go out without her. She admitted to using the stolen credit card to purchase gas.
Both were later extradited to Texas for unrelated charges.