Tampa Woman Accused of Stealing Rental Car
Deputies say she used a stolen credit card to rent the car, which she never returned.
PINELLAS COUNTY – A Tampa woman has been accused of using a stolen credit card to rent a car, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Joneshia Shawnquiria Wilkerson, of Tampa, was charged with one count each of Failure to Return a Leased Vehicle and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. She was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Pinellas deputies said the crime happened June 2. Wilkerson was stopped by the Tampa Police Department on June 18, and arrested Tuesday (July 28).
According to detectives, Wilkerson went to the Hertz Rent-a-Car at St. Pete Clearwater Airport on June 2 and rented a black Nissan Altima. Wilkerson provided a driver’s license and a credit card to secure the car.
The vehicle, which was due back June 6, was never returned. Hertz tried to contact the renter and eventually discovered the credit card used was stolen. Hertz filed a stolen vehicle report with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office on June 18.
Later that day, officers with the Tampa Police Department stopped the stolen car and identified the driver as Wilkerson. At the time, Wilkerson broadcast the traffic stop live on Instagram and told Tampa officers that she borrowed the vehicle from a friend.
Pinellas detectives said they spoke with the Hertz manager who rented Wilkerson the car. The manager identified her from her Instagram video. Investigators were also provided surveillance footage at Hertz that showed Wilkerson renting the car.
Detectives discovered the driver’s license Wilkerson used belonged to a friend, which was loaned to Wilkerson in exchange for $200. The phone number provided on the rental agreement was the same number Wilkerson provided to Tampa officers as her own.
The credit card number Wilkerson used belonged to a victim in Indiana who was still in possession of their original card.
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