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1-25-17

Handed lost keys,
woman takes off in a Lexus
She is charged with
tampering, drug possession

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark editor

A 35-year-old woman allegedly left Argosy Casino driving a Lexus after someone handed her a set of car keys they found on the casino floor.

The Platte County Prosecutor's Office charged Crystal Hare of Kansas City, Kan. with a first-degree felony of tampering with a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

According to court records, Hare was playing slots when a white male handed her a set of keys he found on the casino floor near her slot machine. Hare was later captured on video surveillance wandering around the parking lot trying to locate the vehicle.

Once Hare identified the vehicle as a 2006 Lexus 430, she allegedly took off with it.

When police caught up with her on a later date at the casino, she falsely identified herself as Megan Overton and gave a fraudulent Social Security number. But when Hare overheard gaming officials verify her identity as Crystal Hare from her player's card, she told police she was using someone's identity to get a job.

At the time of the arrest, Hare had a warrant in Kansas for identity theft. Police confiscated several fraudulent credit cards and a white crystal substance, which authorities say was later identified as methamphetamine.

When police questioned Hare about the stolen vehicle, Hare said an unknown white male gave her the sets of keys and declared it was her lucky day.

Hare is being held on a $15,000 bond.


CRYSTAL HARE