Heather Lopez, about 34, of Albuquerque, was arrested Oct.24 at NAPA Auto Parts on NM 528 and Sara Road for receiving a stolen motor vehicle.
Detectives advised officers that they saw a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of NAPA Auto Parts. Officers performed a “high-risk” traffic stop on the woman, who said she bought the vehicle from a “Travis,” though she didn’t provide a phone number or other information. She said she bought the vehicle for $150 three days ago and that the vehicle had been donated to that person from a “church guy.”
Despite a destroyed ignition and having to start the vehicle with a vice grip, Lopez said she didn’t feel the vehicle was stolen; however, she was charged with receiving a stolen vehicle.
If convicted, Lopez could face up to five years in prison.