Pekin Woman Arrested On Auto Theft Charges

(SALEM) – A Pekin woman was arrested Sunday after stealing a vehicle from Walmart in Salem.

Natasha Spurling

Salem Police arrested 37-year-old Natasha Spurling on charges of auto theft, public intoxication, and resisting arrest.

Salem Police officers were called to Walmart after the owner of the vehicle reported he left his vehicle unlocked with the keys inside and went into the store.

When he finished shopping and came out his vehicle was gone.

Police reviewed store security video.

The wife of the man whose vehicle was stolen was on her way to Walmart to pick him up when she noticed her husband’s stolen vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Dollar General store on Mulberry Street.

She then called 911 and blocked the vehicle from leaving until the police could arrive.

Spurling, the driver of the stolen vehicle, then attempted to back into the wife’s vehicle in an attempt to flee.

When an Indiana State Police trooper arrived at the scene, Spurling fled by foot behind O’Reilly’s and then toward Meadow Dell Village. Police found Spurling hiding in some bushes at the end of Meadow Dell and she was arrested.

Officials say Spurling couldn’t stand up without help and she was mumbling.

Inside the stolen vehicle police found a woman’s purse that did not belong to the vehicle owners.

Moore said she was mumbling and couldn’t stand without help.

Back at the police station, officers questioned Spurling who said she didn’t remember being at Walmart or in the bushes and admitted to overdosing on drugs at some point.

She told officers she didn’t remember what drugs she had overdosed on and refused to answer any more questions.