PPD: Woman steals taxi, picks up paying passengers

 (PlanPhily Photo)

(PlanPhily Photo)

Philadelphia police say a 65-year-old woman stole a taxi and picked up a fare.

They say Betty Thomas caught the cab around midnight Thursday and asked to be taken to the SugarHouse Casino. On the way, she asked the driver to make a stop at a gas station.

It was at the station where police say the woman got into a dispute with the driver about a fare before jumping into the driver’s seat and driving off.

Police stopped the taxi 30 minutes later and found a 23-year-old woman and her infant daughter in the backseat.

The mother told officers she had hailed the cab earlier, not realizing it was stolen.

Thomas has been charged with various types of theft. Her public defender lawyer was not immediately available for comment.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Help us get to 100% of our membership goal to support the reporters covering our region, the producers bringing you great local programs and the educators who teach all our children.