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Woman stole car minutes after being released from jail, police say

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Mary Elizabeth Sperino, person of interest in red hoodie (Credit: Foristell PD) Mary Elizabeth Sperino, person of interest in red hoodie (Credit: Foristell PD)
Police searching for stolen 2012 Ford Fusion, license plate WH8P7T (Credit: Foristell PD) Police searching for stolen 2012 Ford Fusion, license plate WH8P7T (Credit: Foristell PD)
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FORISTELL, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A woman is accused of stealing a car shortly after being released from jail.

The incident began Wednesday morning around 5:30 in Foristell, a city bordering Wentzville.

Twenty-five-year-old Mary Elizabeth Sperino was released from jail after she was picked up for outstanding warrants, according to authorities.

Minutes later, police said they received a call from the neighboring gas station that a woman matching Sperino’s description had just been caught on camera taking a car from the parking lot.

“The owner was inside purchasing a beverage before his drive to work and she nonchalantly got into the car and took off with it,” explained Sergeant John Beekman of Foristell Police.

The car was left running, something that many residents in the small community usually do, police added. But officers warn residents not to leave vehicles running because it makes them easy targets for criminals.

“It’s one of those things that no matter where you are, you never know who might be lurking in the shadows and taking that moment and take advantage when you least expect it,” said Sgt. Beekman.

The thief left the parking lot and was soon spotted by Wentzville police, who tried to pull her over but she sped off, police said.

There was a brief pursuit but police ended it for safety reasons and because they know exactly who they are looking for, authorities said.

After the pursuit was called off, officers from the Affton Southwest Precinct received an anonymous call about Sperino’s whereabouts. Officers then found Sperino behind the counter conducting business at the South Side Pawn and Jewelry, located at 8101 Gravois. When authorities arrived, after requesting proper identifying, Sperino and two men who were accompanying her were taken into custody.

When officers asked what vehicle she was driving, Sperino stated a white Ford, officials said. A computer check revealed the vehicle was reported stolen out of Foristell.

Charges against the three are pending, according to authorities. 

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