Woman charged with theft for allegedly renting car, not returning it

A Soldotna woman has been charged with theft for allegedly renting a car two years ago and never returning it, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Soldotna police on Jan. 31.

Kimberly McCray, 38, was pulled over by Soldotna police for a routine traffic stop on Jan. 30. According to the complaint, McCray was unable to produce vehicle registration or proof of insurance, and she allegedly told the police that she was shopping around for an insurance provider. After checking the license plate, police reported that the 2016 Chrysler 200 had been reported stolen two years ago.

According to the complaint, Budget Rental Cars reported that they had rented the Chrysler to McCray — who identified herself as Kimberly Webb at the time — on Jan. 27, 2017 and that the car was due back on Feb. 8, 2017.

McCray initially told police that she purchased the car from someone named “Mike” a few months ago. McCray eventually said that she rented the car from Budget in January of 2017 and never returned it, according to the complaint.

Budget Rental Cars estimated $25,920 in lost income for the Chrysler, based on a rental rate of $36 per day over the 720 days that the vehicle was not returned.

McCray faces one charge of second-degree vehicle theft, a class A misdemeanor, one charge of second-degree theft, a class C felony, and one charge of not having motor vehicle liability insurance.

• By BRIAN MAZUREK, Peninsula Clarion

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