MILPITAS – A 24-year-old San Jose woman with a pending auto theft charge was arrested after allegedly trying to steal a car from a dealership in Milpitas early Thursday morning, authorities said.
Officers arrived at South Bay Honda at 920 Thompson St. about 1:30 a.m. to find the suspect, identified as Shey Artiaga, driving a white Honda Insight through the adjacent Piercy Toyota dealership parking lot, according to Milpitas police Lt. Steven Fox.
Fox said Artiaga abandoned the Honda and tried to run from officers. She was found hiding in some nearby bushes.
An investigation revealed that Artiaga first stole a blue Honda Insight from the dealership, but it became disabled when she tried to drive over a curb, according to Fox.
Fox said Artiaga was on supervised own recognizance release for a pending auto theft charge in Santa Clara County at the time of her arrest. She was booked into jail on charges of auto theft, burglary, resisting arrest and committing a felony while on her own recognizance.
Artiaga is being held at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas on $56,000 bail, according to online jail records.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact the Milpitas Police Department at 408-586-2400. Those wishing to remain anonymous can leave a tip at 408-586-2500 or www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/crimetip.