Woman, charged in Southington vehicle theft, seeking first-time offender program

Published on Wednesday, 1 August 2018 17:05


SOUTHINGTON - A woman facing a felony charge after she was found in Southington inside a stolen vehicle is seeking a first-time offender program.

Ty-jeneyah Cruz, 19, has been charged with first-degree larceny and possession of marijuana after state police pulled over a stolen 2018 Chrysler 300 - worth $38,900 - on June 27. She applied for Accelerated Rehabilitation on Wednesday during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court.

Should the program be granted, Cruz could avoid prosecution and have the case dropped if she is compliant on a pretrial of probation - which could last as many as two years.

According to state police, the stolen vehicle was seen heading west on Interstate-84 at about 7 p.m., on June 27, before it left the highway and turned into a local hotel parking lot. There, police conducted a traffic stop and found a small amount of marijuana in the Chrysler, according to the state police report. The driver, Ishmael Jefferson, 20, who was also charged, told troopers the marijuana belonged to all five people in the vehicle, the report continued.

Jefferson, police wrote in the report, was arrested for being in possession of the stolen vehicle. Cruz, the report said, was charged after state police found that the Chrysler was rented on June 19 from a rental center in Windsor Locks by a woman who used a fraudulent credit card.

The car rental center reported the vehicle as stolen after it was not returned on the day it was due back.

The other three people in the vehicle were charged for the marijuana and released.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 1 August 2018 17:05. Updated: Wednesday, 1 August 2018 17:07.