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Woman takes car for test drive, doesn't return

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Here’s the thing about test drives: you have to return the vehicle. Otherwise it’s not a test drive, it’s a theft.

A woman who took a luxury SUV from a Halifax dealership on Friday failed to make this crucial distinction and is now facing charges, the Halifax Chronicle Herald reports.

Halifax Regional Police said the woman visited a car dealership at 9:15 a.m. Friday on Kempt Road in Halifax , provided valid, out-of-province ID and took a high-end SUV for a test drive. They didn’t name the vehicle model.

When hours passed and she hadn’t returned with the SUV worth more than $50,000, dealership staff contacted police and reported the vehicle as stolen.

It took two days to track her down because police did not have her local address, Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages said. They eventually tracked her down at about 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at a home on Lady Hammond Road.

The stolen SUV was found nearby and returned to the dealership.

Cheryl Ann Moyles, 48, faces five counts of breaching court orders and theft of a motor vehicle over $5,000. Bourdages said Moyles is known to police.

She was held in custody overnight and was scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court Monday.

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