Don't leave your car running and unattended, with cash inside, say police

June 28, 2013

An Ithaca woman was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail on two felony charges after police say she made off with a Jeep Cherokee when the owner left the vehicle running to run into a business. Samantha Maynard, age 27, is charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

An Ithaca Police Department officer spotted the 2010 Jeep Cherokee while patrolling on South Hill early Wednesday evening, and several officers stopped the vehicle on Giles Street.

Police say they recovered "a large amount of cash" the Jeep owner had left inside the running vehicle. They took the opportunity to encourage area residents to secure their vehicles and property at all times.

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