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Oops — 2 arrested for arriving at jail in stolen car

Here's a tip: If you're driving to the local jail to pick up a friend who's getting released, you might want to avoid taking a stolen car.

Police in Chehalis, Wash., arrested two women for possession of a stolen vehicle Saturday night after they arrived at the Lewis County Jail in a stolen car to pick up one of their boyfriends, according to the Chehalis Chronicle newspaper.

When the women, Junette A. Short, 31, of Tacoma, and Jennifer C. Ramirez, 28, of Renton, arrived at the Lewis County Jail at about 10 p.m., a Chehalis police officer was nearby in a patrol car equipped with a device that automatically scans license plates of vehicles, Deputy Police Chief Randy Kaut told the newspaper. When the car was listed as stolen, the officer contacted the women and placed them into custody. Both women also had outstanding warrants.

Here's how the paper described the rest of the evening:

When they were being booked into jail, the boyfriend was being released from jail, he said.
“As he was walking out, they were walking in,” Kaut said. “So they saw each other in passing.”
A search of the vehicle revealed mail, W-2 tax forms, Social Security numbers, fraudulent checks and other forms that are believed to have been stolen, Kaut said.


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