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Woman suspected of stealing 2 cars during test drives is arrested

A Placentia woman was arrested Sunday on suspicion of vehicle theft after allegedly fleeing from two Costa Mesa dealerships with cars during test drives, police said.

Costa Mesa police received a report from South Coast Toyota at 1966 Harbor Blvd. at 10:51 a.m. that a woman had stolen a used car from the dealership, said Sgt. Bang Le.

Police said the woman went on a test drive with a sales associate after indicating she wanted to purchase the vehicle.

During the ride, she pretended to have a medical emergency and when the sales associate got out of the car to help her, she locked the person out of the car and drove off, Le said.

Police searched the area, but...

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