Woman found sleeping in stolen car

Laetitia Acera has been identified as one of B.C.'s most wanted suspected car thieves

One of the 10 most wanted car theft suspects in the province has been re-arrested after she was found sleeping in a stolen car in Whalley.

On July 21, a local business owner saw a person sleeping in a car in a parking lot in the 11800-block of 103A Avenue and called police.

Officers arrived and determined the car was stolen. They woke the woman and told her she was under arrest.

They asked for her identification, but she said she had none.

She was asked her name, gave one, and was warned it was an offense to give a false name.

She stuck to the name she provided.

When officers went back to the car, they ran the name, which turned out to be a real person in the police database. The picture did not match the person in the car.

They later found out the woman was 22-year-old Laetitia Acera – one of B.C.’s most wanted alleged car thieves.

She has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, resisting or obstructing a peace officer, and four counts of breaching court undertakings.

She was already facing charges from an offense in Penticton on May 7, and was due in court on Wednesday, Aug. 5 on charges of willfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer.

From that incident, she had been facing 17 charges, including intent to gain advantage, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop at an accident and fraud.

She is due back in court on Friday regarding both the allegations in the Penticton matter and the charges from July 21 in Surrey.

Between July 16 and 23 Surrey RCMP recovered 61 stolen vehicles, 58 of which had been stolen in Surrey.