Angela D. Norton, 42
A Kingsport woman has been charged with stealing an automobile from a city car wash, allegedly offering the excuse that she "got hot and didn't want to walk anymore."
Angela D. Norton, 42, of 4809 Curtis Court, was apprehended Monday afternoon at Westside Inn. That's approximately a mile and a half from where she reportedly jumped in the pickup just two hours earlier at the Magic Hands Car Wash on Lynn Garden Drive.
At approximately 1 p.m. an employee called police to the business. According to an incident report filed at the Kingsport Police Department, the victim was working when he heard the engine crank on his 1988 Ford Ranger.
He told police that he initially didn't think much about it, as his co-workers will often borrow the vehicle to go pick up drinks and other items. However, he then observed all his fellow employees were still at work, then spotted a white female with blond hair driving his pickup from the scene.
Responding officers checked the area and neighboring businesses but were unable to immediately develop any leads.
At 2:42 p.m., police spotted the pickup at Westside Inn, 1017 W. Stone Drive. People were reportedly standing beside the vehicle in the parking lot, with one individual pointing toward Room 424.
Upon knocking on the unit's door, police found Norton and a man inside. When asked about the stolen vehicle, the man motioned with his head toward Norton. He reportedly went on to advise that he had visited her at the motel to retrieve a phone, adding he was the individual who then called police about the truck's location.
The victim was called by officers and responded to the motel, identifying Norton as the woman he had spotted driving away from the car wash. As he got inside his pickup to drive from the scene, Norton allegedly yelled, "Stop, I have $40 in that truck." A police report does not specify if he yielded to her request or continued driving.
According to Kingsport police, Norton later admitted to walking past the car wash and spotting keys inside the vehicle — adding that she "had got hot and didn't want to walk anymore." While in possession of the vehicle, she reportedly drove to a market in Scott County and the Walmart in Colonial Heights.
Norton was booked into the city jail and charged with felony theft.