WESTERLY — A young woman is facing charges after police said she was seen by a patrol officer entering an SUV and trying to enter several other cars.
The teenager, 17, turned herself in to police Monday morning on charges of tampering with a motor vehicle and possession of tobacco by a minor. She was released into the custody of her father, police said, and the case was forwarded to Family Court as a juvenile matter.
According to a police report, an officer was parked at the intersection of Granite Street and Newton Avenue when he saw the girl enter an SUV and try to enter several other cars, which were locked.
The girl told officers she lived in Charlestown — police said the girl was known to the officer, who was aware that she lived there — and was simply on a walk, having come from her home. But she initially denied trying to get into the cars, and said “it was the first time one was ever open” when the officer described what he saw.
During a search, the police said they discovered cigarettes, cigars, a couple packs of cigarettes, two folding knives, a smoking pipe and a grinder. The police seized the items but said none had been reported stolen.
“It’s just another example of why we are always reminding people to lock their cars,” said Westerly Lt. Robert Warner. “It’s a hard habit to break, but simply taking the extra step of locking your car can help prevent you from falling victim.”