Calif. woman arrested in stolen vehicle in BG

A California woman has been arrested with a stolen car and taken to jail.

On Dec. 30, Bowling Green police were notified of a hit from an automated license plate reader on a stolen vehicle. The vehicle, described as a 2020 Dodge Journey with a Texas registration, was northbound on South Main Street from U.S. 6.

The vehicle did not hit on any of the other ALPR cameras, so there was a good chance it was still on the south end of town, according to the Bowling Green Police Division report.

The vehicle was located in the Walmart parking lot and an officer observed a male and a female approaching the car. When the female unlocked the car and entered the driver`s seat, an officer detained the couple, identified as Carmelina Lineburg, 51, San Francisco, and a 45-year-old man.

The man stated he was just released from the Sandusky County jail that day. He also had a citation in his pocket from Bellevue police in which he was stopped driving the Journey.

The couple claimed they had rented a car in El Paso, Texas, in the beginning of December. They crashed that car, and it was replaced it with the Journey they were currently driving, the couple said.

After Lineburg claimed she had been paying for the rental car, police contacted the rental company and learned the vehicle had been reported stolen. The company said that the Journey was supposed to be returned on Dec. 13 and that more than $1,400 was owed. They told police they wanted to press criminal charges.

Lineburg was arrested for one count of receiving stolen property and was taken to jail.