Safety Harbor woman runs out of gas, steals someone else's car, police say

Police said Amie Brown ran out of gas, then crossed the road and stole a car. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Police said Amie Brown ran out of gas, then crossed the road and stole a car. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Published October 2

LARGO — A Safety Harbor woman’s car ran out of gas in Largo on Monday. So, police said, she walked across the road and stole a different one.

According to the Largo Police Department, Amie Lynn Brown, 43, was driving along East Bay Drive just after midnight Monday. When she got near the Walgreen’s at East Bay Drive and Starkey Road, Brown told police she ran out of gas and walked across the street to the CVS parking lot. There, saw Joseph Perez’s 2002 Acura sitting with the driver’s door open. She got in and drove off.

She didn’t make it very far, however. Brown only made it to the next traffic light, Lake Avenue, took a right turn and was pulled over by Largo Police, arrested and transported to Pinellas County Jail.

While being booked into jail, deputies said they found a glass pipe hidden in the defendant's "crotch area." Police said burnt residue on the pipe tested positive for methamphetamine.

Brown was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of contraband in a county detention facility.

Brown wasn’t the only woman caught attempting to sneak drugs into jail Monday morning.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Heather Olmstead, 27, was found to have crack cocaine hidden in her vagina when she was booked into jail. Olmstead had been arrested earlier when deputies found two used syringes and a spoon with heroin residue in her wallet.

Both women are currently being held in the county jail.

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