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Woman pulled over, learns car stolen

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

ST. CHARLES – A woman pulled over for a traffic violation learned the car she had bought for $1,500 was stolen, according to a St. Charles Police Department report.

Police stopped Maria Hortencia Parra-Duran on June 12 after she reportedly failed to yield while turning left from Swenson Avenue onto Kirk Road.

Parra-Duran, 52, of the 800 block of Spring Avenue, Aurora, was charged with driving without a license, driving without insurance and making an improper left turn, police reported.

As police prepared to have her beige Ford Windstar stowed, they reportedly discovered the license plate belonged to another car, and the Ford’s vehicle identification number showed the Elgin Police Department had marked it stolen.

Parra-Duran told police she bought the vehicle from a man in Aurora, police reported.

She was not charged with motor vehicle theft “as she was unaware of the status of the vehicle and paid $1,500 to the subject she purchased it from,” according to the report.

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