One woman's idea of being a helpful neighbor netted her $277 and a stint in jail.
Bridget Kinsey, 48, of the 100 block of Angelee Street, was arrested on a warrant for theft of a motor vehicle after allegedly selling her neighbor's car to a salvage company.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Officer 1st Class Kenneth James was dispatched to a residence on Graves Street on April 29, in reference to a stolen vehicle.
"Ofc. James contacted the victim, and she explained that a vehicle – that was not running – and belonging to her deceased father had been parked in her backyard," Cropper said. "Upon her arrival at home on this day, she discovered the vehicle was missing from her backyard."
The victim's neighbor, who was identified as Kinsey, reportedly informed her that a local salvage company had come to her house and picked up the vehicle.
"The victim telephoned the salvage company and inquired about her vehicle," Cropper said. "She was informed they did have her vehicle.
"When Ofc. James interviewed Kinsey, she told him 'a man' asked her if she knew anyone that would come pick up the vehicle, to get rid of it," the chief continued.
Kinsey reportedly told the officer that she called a salvage company and had them tow it.
"She told us she received $277 from the salvage company for the vehicle," Cropper said. "The officer asked her to come to the police department and talk to him about the vehicle, but she never showed."
Ofc. James turned over the investigation to Sgt. Det. Keith King, Jr., who, after the investigation was complete, obtained an arrest warrant for Kinsey on the charge of theft of a motor vehicle.
"On May 7, Sgt. Wayne Young, Ofc. Danny Turner and Det. King made contact with Kinsey and arrested her on the outstanding warrant," the chief said.
Kinsey was booked at the Minden Police Department, and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center where she is held on a $5,000 bond.