Man offers stranded woman a ride, runs off with her money and Chihuahua

20-year-old Cameron Tate was charged with theft of property after police say he offered a stranded woman a ride to Michigan and fled with her Chihuahua and other belongings after she gave him gas money.

On October 20th, Memphis Police officers arrived at the BP gas station on 2114 Covington Pike in response to a theft call. Upon arrival, Penelope Romero advised she was stranded in Memphis and Cameron Tate offered her a ride to Michigan in exchange for her paying for the gas. She stated she went to a residence where she sent $164 to Eric Davis via Cash App for gas money.

Cameron Tate (SCSO)
Cameron Tate (SCSO)

According to the affidavit, they went to BP to get gas and Tate asked her for another $40. After she gave him the money, she thought money fell out of her purse and as she looked for it in the parking lot, Tate drove off with her $250 chihuahua puppy, her duffel bag with about $200 worth of clothes, and $400 iPhone 10. On October 28th, Romero identified Cameron Tate in a photo lineup at the Farmington Police Department in New Mexico.

On November 28th, Cameron Tate was arrested and charged with theft of property. He was later released on a $3,000 bond.

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