Velta Chesser was arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Oct. 31.
CRESTVIEW — A 13-year-old Crestview girl is charged with grand theft auto and being a principal to grand theft auto after investigators say she stole her grandmother’s car and later tried to take another vehicle left running in a driveway.
Velta Chesser, a Davidson Middle School student, was arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 31.
Chesser told investigators that she drove her grandmother's vehicle around all night before it stopped running near McClelland Street in Crestview. She was found about 8 a.m. about 150 yards away with the keys in her bra, according to her arrest report.
Deputies say Chesser had taken her grandmother's $25,000 Chevy Impala from Overview Drive on Monday night, before picking up her boyfriend, 15-year old Jerome Couch
During her interview with deputies, Chesser said while driving her grandmother’s car she and a friend had attempted to steal another vehicle that had been left running unoccupied in a driveway on North Brooks Drive about 6:20 p.m. Oct. 30.
They fled the scene after the homeowner came out and confronted the pair.
The investigation remains active. Both charges are felonies.
The Crestview Police Department continues to investigate a drive-by shooting that seriously wounded a 13-year-old boy at a bus stop early Tuesday morning.
No arrests have been made in that case, although CPD spokesman Brian Hughes said that "there may be" a connection between Chesser and the shooting investigation.
"It's still under investigation," he said early Wednesday afternoon.