Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Public safety

Woman keyed stranger's SUV, then left explanatory Post-it note, Pasco deputies say

WESLEY CHAPEL — At noon in the Publix parking lot, a woman took to a silver Kia with a key and a vendetta. She dug the key into the passenger-side paint so hard it exposed the bare metal underneath. On the hood, she etched a crude sketch of male genitalia.

Then the woman walked into the supermarket at 1920 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. and went to the customer service desk, where a clerk handed her a Post-it note.

Security camera footage shows the woman scribbling something on the note, then walking back out to the parking lot.

The woman affixed the note to the SUV's windshield, where the owner was sure to notice:

"Hey I keyed your car," it read. "You didn't stop for pedestrians as is law. Since no cop to enforce a ticket, this should cover the cost of your fine. Have a good day. P.S. Don't be a d---."

The owner of the car, Debra Streets, 63, found the note and the damage soon after it happened on April 17. She went into the Publix and called 911. The damage to the SUV: $1,240.13.

After reviewing the surveillance footage, Pasco sheriff's deputies determined the culprit was 23-year-old Natasha Myers, who was arrested this week.

Streets told deputies she didn't have any confrontations with any pedestrians that day as she pulled into the parking lot off State Road 56 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. She said she came into the parking lot from the back of the store complex where people don't usually walk.

Investigators took surveillance footage from the store and identified the vandal as Myers, though the process of doing so was unclear, said sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow.

Deputies went to Myers' Wesley Chapel home, and she told them she was the one who keyed the car, the report states.

Myers, whose occupation was listed as a student, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of criminal mischief. She remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Streets did not return a call from the Times on Wednesday.

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