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Court document left inside vehicle stolen at Creve Coeur hospital leads police to suspect

Court document left inside vehicle stolen at Creve Coeur hospital leads police to suspect

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CREVE COEUR • A 40-year-old woman was charged with car theft after Creve Coeur police found evidence that she had been in the stolen vehicle: a court document with her name.

On Tuesday, prosecutors charged Ruby Ann Caffey, of Pacific, with stealing a motor vehicle, a felony.

According to police, on Aug. 14, a man drove a friend to the emergency department at Mercy Hospital in a rented 2014 Kia Optima. The driver left the car running with the keys in the ignition while he rushed inside, grabbed a wheelchair and escorted his friend into the hospital. By the time the man returned, the car was gone.

Police found the Optima a few hours later. Inside the car police found a municipal court summons with Caffey's name on it.

Authorities later discovered that Caffey had been released from the hospital on the same day the vehicle was stolen. Security video shows her getting into the Optima and driving away, according to police.

Caffey has confessed to stealing the car and said she had abandoned the vehicle in St. Louis after it would not start, according to police.

Apparently, the rental car company had remotely disabled the vehicle after being notified of the theft.

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Lilly Fowler is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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