Lake City woman arrested for stealing car from rental agency


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Amy Neshea Booth, 39, was arrested last night and charged with grand theft auto for not returning a rental car that she was scheduled to return on January 4.

A Gainesville Police Department officer saw the Kia Soul near Windmeadows Boulevard at about 5 p.m. last night and pulled it over. The car had been reported stolen by Enterprise after it was rented on January 2 and was not returned as scheduled on January 4. The rental agency reported that they had tried to contact Booth multiple times over several weeks and did not receive a response. The car was reported stolen on January 31.

The officer reported that Booth was the front-seat passenger in the car when it was pulled over. Post Miranda, the driver reportedly said that he had first noticed Booth driving the car about two weeks ago and did not know it had been reported stolen. He said Booth had been driving for most of the day, but he took over after they stopped for a meal and Booth’s teeth started hurting.

Post Miranda, Booth reportedly admitted she had rented the car and had requested an extension for a few days, but she then continued to drive it because her own car was having extensive mechanical issues.

Booth has three felony convictions, the most recent of which were for grand theft, dealing in stolen property, and credit card fraud in 2005. Judge Susan Miller-Jones set bail at $2,500.

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  • WTF is wrong with her, she’s driving on a busy RTS route she could have used instead? And could have walked to work and earned a living too. — 🤡ville

  • It’s safe to assume why she wasn’t smiling for her mugshot.

    That’s gonna be a crazy expensive rental bill. She’s lucky it wasn’t during Covid when the costs were 4X what they are now.

  • She got a much higher bail than the guy who has 18 felony convictions. Does bail go down after the 15th felony conviction ? Just asking for a friend.

    • “Equity.”
      Either that or it’s more likely a car will injure someone sitting in a street or driveway rather than someone welding a stick chasing someone down the street.

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