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Woman charged in Polo car theft

Samantha J. Sliger
Samantha J. Sliger

A Sterling woman was charged last week in a car theft that took place in Polo earlier this year.

Polo Police Chief Jon Mandrell said Samantha J. Sliger, 29, was arrested July 18 for identity theft, a Class 1 felony, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, a Class 2 felony, and theft, a Class 2 felony.

According to a press release issued by Mandrell, Polo police were called to Haldane Custom, a car dealership and auto body shop at the corner of Division Avenue and Oregon Street, on March 5 at 4:20 p.m. for a report of a vehicle that had been taken for a test drive by a female subject, but not returned.

Police also determined that the driver had provided a falsified form of identification to employees at the dealership.

“Throughout the course of the investigation and working with multiple other law enforcement agencies, Sliger was developed as a person of interest in the case,” Mandrell said in the press release.

The vehicle was recovered after being located in Dixon by the Dixon Police Department, where further evidence was obtained.

Sliger was taken into custody at the Whiteside County Jail, where she is being held on $40,000 bond in a Whiteside County case, with multiple holds in the other jurisdictions.