Jasmine Kylynn Vega

Vega

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BURLEY — A Rupert woman is charged with felony grand theft and possession of a stolen vehicle after police say after she took a man’s SUV while he was sleeping and wouldn’t return it to him.

Jasmine Kylynn Vega, 22, was arrested Friday by an Idaho State Police trooper in North Burley after the owner of a 2014 red Jeep Patriot called police and reported that Vega had taken the keys while he was sleeping at a friend’s house.

The man said he sent her a Facebook message on Feb. 6 and she replied that she only needed to borrow the Jeep for a few hours to find a job, and then she would bring it back to him.

The man said he communicated with her a couple more times on Facebook and asked that she return his car. The man said she replied that she would not bring it back to him because he owed her money, and he should go ahead and report it to the police as stolen.

He said the last time he sent a message to her she was in Twin Falls and she wrote back to him “good luck finding the vehicle.”

The trooper stopped the vehicle, which was driven by Katrice Breanne Gerhardt, 27, of Jerome. Vega was the passenger in the vehicle. Vega told police the owner had given her permission to drive it. Gerhardt, who was cited and released for not having a valid driver’s license, said she was driving because Vega does not see well at night.

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The officer also found drug paraphernalia and Hydrocodone pills in a black box in the vehicle.

A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 23.

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