Woman charged with stealing newspaper delivery van

| Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A woman is accused of stealing a newspaper delivery van in the South Side and backing it into a police cruiser early Wednesday morning.

Police charged Chaqua Renea Locke, 25, with robbery of a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, driving without a license and other crimes.

The delivery driver, a 57-year-old Bethel Park woman, told police she was delivering newspapers in the 1800 block of East Carson Street about 4:20 a.m. when a woman, later identified by the victim as Locke, got into the driver's side of the Renaissance News van and fled down East Carson, Pittsburgh police said.

The victim told police Locke said she "deserved to have it taken" because Locke claimed the driver of the van nearly hit her, police said. Duquesne University police spotted the van driving along the bus lane on Fifth Avenue and attempted to stop it, police said. Locke suddenly placed the van in reverse and backed into a cruiser, police said. Police forcibly removed Locke from the van and arrested her.

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