A woman was arrested around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday while on Canton Pike after allegedly stealing a vehicle, according to a Hopkinsville Police Department report.
Police were originally called to a home in regard to a disturbance, the report stated.
Upon arrival, the victim told officers that Heather L. Pepper, 30, Hopkinsville, had stolen his vehicle while it was left running to warm up. The victim also told police there was a handgun in the vehicle that Pepper allegedly stole.
Officers ran Pepper’s information through the Hopkinsville-Christian County Emergency Communications Center, which told them Pepper was also wanted on a warrant for escape (not paying child support) in Daviess County, the report added.
At around noon, police found Pepper at Food Lion on Canton Pike, according to the report. Officers conducted a traffic stop, where Pepper allegedly gave them a false name, claiming to be “Jessica.”
Pepper was found in a different vehicle than the one she had reportedly stolen, and after being read her Miranda rights, refused to tell police where the keys to the vehicle were.
The stolen vehicle was later found, but the keys to the vehicle were not.
According to the report, Pepper was under the influence of methamphetamine and allegedly admitted to police she had used earlier that day.
The victim said the lost keys would cost him around $300 for replacement.
Pepper was arrested and charged with giving an officer false identifying information, public intoxication, theft by unlawful taking of an auto over $500, theft by unlawful taking of a firearm, theft by unlawful taking under $500 and tampering with physical evidence.
This information was obtained through police, police reports or the Christian County Jail. Readers are reminded that a charge is only an accusation and everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law.