A Kentucky woman released from the Smyrna city jail was re-arrested after attempting to steal a police bicycle parked outside the station, according to her arrest warrant.
Court documents show Kimberly D. Ray, 35, was released from the Smyrna jail on Dec. 21. But instead of calling a friend or hailing an Uber, the woman allegedly hopped on a police bicycle parked in a sally port and rode away, said Sgt. Louis Defense, spokesman for the Smyrna Police Department.
According to her warrant, she had only been released from jail five minutes earlier. The bicycle, a Trek with lights and mounted police equipment, was valued at $3,000.
“Our police bicycles are in our sally port. She ended up getting on one and riding down the street,” Defense said. “One of our officers saw her and they were startled initially because they were like, ‘What is she doing?’”
After a brief pursuit, the woman was apprehended not far from the station and placed back in jail, this time on a felony theft by taking charge, Defense said.
Ray was first arrested by Marietta police about 5 a.m. that morning for allegedly walking around the RaceTrac gas station across from WellStar Kennestone Hospital opening bags of chips and taking bites out of doughnuts, according to the police report. Employees complained of her erratic behavior, telling responding officers she would hide in the store’s bathroom each time they asked her to leave.
The woman’s sister told police Ray came to Georgia from Bowling Green, Kentucky, to visit a friend.
She has since been released from jail according to Smyrna police, who did not have her booking photo on file.