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Evansville police say woman attempted to steal vehicle left running at gas station

File; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News

CASPER, Wyo. — A woman was arrested in Evansville on Tuesday after police say she attempted to steal a running vehicle from a gas station.

Evansville police were dispatched to the Loaf ‘N Jug fuel station on Curtis Street around 10:50 a.m., according to an Evansville Police Department release. 

During the investigation, police learned that 31-year-old Brittany Neely had entered and attempted to drive off with an SUV that had been left parked and running, with a dog inside, while the owner had gone inside to use the restroom, the release said.

The store manager could see the vehicle lurching backwards as the female attempted to drive off while trying to turn the steering wheel, police said.

Neely was reported to have been dropped off in the area and had been observed interacting with a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper across the street before walking over to the station. 

“Neely was described as trying to leave in a hurry with the car, and then [she] exited and left on foot when the car would not go anywhere,” police said.

Neely was contacted under the I-25 bridge and later arrested and charged with criminal entry and theft over $1000 as the owner of the vehicle had not given anyone permission to use or take it.