South Carolina woman caught trying to steal research ship in California

By Arturo Garcia
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 9:59 EDT
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Woman caught trying to steal 120-foot research vessel. Image via KGTV-TV
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Police in San Diego, California caught a missing South Carolina woman on Tuesday after she tried to steal a 120-foot research ship while its occupants were still on board.

According to KNSD-TV, security at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography called authorities after spotting the woman untying the boat’s dock lines around 2 a.m.

San Diego police Lt. Mark Bennett told U-T San Diego that the unidentified woman slipped past security by jumping over the fence into the facility.

“She was apparently suffering from mental distress and was looking to get back to South Carolina,” Bennett said, before security caught her.

The woman was detained by San Diego Harbor Police before being transferred to a local mental facility. Police said she does not face criminal charges.

Watch KGTV-TV’s report on the woman’s attempt to steal the boat, aired Tuesday, below.

[Image via KGTV-TV]

[h/t The Huffington Post]

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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