Woman arrested after not returning vehicle to owner

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

When victim asked for vehicle back in text, accused texted 'LMAO'

A Cassville woman has been charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle after allegedly refusing to return it to its owner.

Lesley Chambers, 25, of Cassville, is being held in the Barry County jail on a $10,000 bond, facing the lone felony charge.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Anthony Larson, an officer with the Cassville Police Department, he pulled Chambers over in the vehicle on June 7, as its license plate had been been entered into the National Crime Information Center system as not being returned to the registered owner.

The victim said she text messaged Chambers, "Give me my car," on June 6, and Chambers responded, "LMAO," which is text shorthand for "laughing my [expletive] off," and refused to return the vehicle.

Larson said during an interview with Chambers at the police department, she allegedly admitted to knowing the victim wanted the vehicle back, and allegedly admitting to sending the "LMAO" text message as a response.

The victim said Chambers said she traded the vehicle for cigarettes, WIFI and rent. The victim also presented a title showing the vehicle was properly registered, with no reassignment signatures on the back.

Chambers was arraigned on Friday, and she has a disposition hearing scheduled for june 23 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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