Woman steals Sportage with keys inside, later found swerving through South Memphis

25-year-old Notosha Smith was charged with driving with a suspended license and theft of property after stealing a man’s Kia Sportage and was observed swerving in and out of traffic lanes in South Memphis. The Sportage’s value was approximately $18,100.

On June 11th, Deputy Cooley was dispatched to 4324 Cedar Hills Road in regards to a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, Cooley made contact with Brandi Gray, who informed law enforcement that her boyfriend’s 2018 Kia Sportage had been stolen. According to the affidavit, the man had left the keys in the vehicle from the night before. One month later, Officer Hightower observed a vehicle swerving throughout traffic on Airways Blvd. Hightower proceeded to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who was identified as Notosha Smith.

Notosha Smith (SCSO)
Notosha Smith (SCSO)

Further investigation revealed the vehicle to be stolen and Smith’s license to be suspended since February due to a failure to file a certificate of insurance. Following confirmation of the vehicle being stolen, the Sportage was towed to the Memphis city lot. The NADA estimated value of the SUV to be $18,100.

Notosha Smith was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license and theft of property. She was later released from custody on her own recognizance.

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