A 27-year-old Mill Valley woman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing a Toyota Prius, driving north up the coast, breaking into a remote home in Sonoma County, eating food in the kitchen and stealing an iPad, according to Sgt. Mike Raasch of the Sonoma County Sheriff's office.
The saga began on July 4, when the woman, eventually identified as Mayra Camargos Gaeta left home without permission in a pickup truck owned by a friend of her mother, Raasch said. She ran out of gas near Dillon Beach and entered an unlocked vacation rental, stole a set of keys to a silver Toyota Prius and took off towards Stewarts Point, according to Raasch.
Gaeta eventually veered off of Highway 1 and onto a long, remote residential driveway where she parked at an empty residence. The 70-year-old owner of the house walked home after dinner to find Gaeta leaning against the car in the driveway, said Raasch.
After a brief exchange, in which the man asked Gaeta why she was on his property and she replied that she was there looking for a party, Gaeta left the house in the stolen Prius, said Raasch.
After the man entered his house he realized that the woman had eaten food from his cupboard, and had stolen money, car keys and an iPad. Soon after the realization, the man notified the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office of the robbery.
Several days later on July 6, Vacaville police officers pulled over Gaeta using a LoJack transmitter, a device that allow police to identify stolen vehicles via radio technology, according to Raasch. She was arrested on suspicion of auto theft.
Although she was originally arrested on suspicion of car theft, officers were able to trace the stolen goods, including the iPad, to the Stewart's Point residence within several days.
Gaeta was out on bail when she was arrested by the Mill Valley Police Department and Sonoma County Sherrif's detectives on Tuesday. The arrest occured on the 100 block of Elm Avenue at aorund 7 p.m.
She was arrested on suspicion of residential burlgary and grand theft, Raasch said.