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A 35-year-old woman was charged on Feb. 25 with 11 counts, spanning two cases, after stealing personal property from a relative, attempting to steal vehicle keys from an emergency responder and attempting to steal another vehicle from a parking lot, court documents indicate.

According to court documents, Veronica Owens stole a purse and vehicle that belonged to a relative, on Feb. 24, after having been released from jail the previous day. Police observed the stolen vehicle at a Costello Avenue residence, in Austin; the residents of the house related to police that Owens had left on foot, court documents state.

Documents indicate Owens went to UPMC Cole Emergency Room and attempted to remove keys from an emergency management systems responder’s pants belt while in the emergency room lobby, claiming she needed to use the vehicle. When Owens failed to obtain the EMS responder’s keys, she proceeded to open an unlocked door to a Jeep parked in the parking lot and was observed by witnesses moving around the cab of the vehicle, working the steering wheel back and forth and working the gear shifter.

Police took Owens into custody at the hospital property and Owens admitted to trying to steal the vehicle to get “anywhere but here,” court documents state. According to court documents, Owens was observed to be impaired on a controlled substance; her eyes, mannerisms, behavior and statements were consistent with said impairment.

Owens was charged with one felony count and one misdemeanor count theft, one felony count and two misdemeanor counts receiving stolen property, one felony count criminal attempted theft, one misdemeanor count unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, one summary count attempted harassment, one summary count criminal mischief, one summary count public drunkenness and two summary traffic offenses.

Magisterial District Judge Christopher Kalacinski set bail during a preliminary arraignment on Feb. 25 at $40,000 combined, between both cases and Owens was committed to Potter County Correctional Facility, unable to post the bail set. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday before MDJ Annette Easton.