Sacto 9-1-1
March 8, 2012
Mother and son theft suspects are nabbed in driverless getaway car

Yolo County Sheriff's deputies arrested a mother and son suspected of burglary after their driver bolted on foot, leaving them stranded in the back seat of a car at a West Sacramento auto parts store, authorities said.

The incident began at about 4:20 p.m. Monday when deputies responded to a report of car break-in near the Sacramento Weir on Old River Road, the sheriff's department said in a press release.

While deputies were en route, the woman whose car had been burglarized received a text message from her bank saying her ATM card was being used at a Shell station on West Capitol Avenue. The suspects had left the gas station by the time a deputy arrived, Sgt. Lance Faille wrote in the press release.

Next, the woman got a text message saying her ATM card was being used at a nearby auto parts store. A deputy went to the store and asked a clerk if someone had just used an ATM card. The clerk pointed to a woman who fled the store and jumped into the back seat of a waiting car next to a man.

They didn't get far.

While the deputy was in the store, the driver had run away.

The deputy arrested both backseat passengers, who were mother and son. They also found methamphetamine, a methamphetamine pipe and car keys that had been shaved down.

Tina Marie Woods, 42, of West Sacramento and her son, Jeremiah Woods, 21, were booked in to the Yolo County on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and possession of burglary tools.

Tina Woods was also charged with transportation of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both are being held at the Yolo County jail in lieu of $20,000 bail apiece.

The driver, whom authorities identified as Brian Willard, 39, of West Sacramento, remains at large.

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