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An Artesia woman was arrested early this morning after taking a vehicle she had previously owned from a local car dealership.

Just before 1 a.m. today, an Artesia Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop at Fourth Street and Richey Avenue on a 2007 BMW listed as a stolen vehicle.

The BMW had been reported stolen Thursday from The Lot, 407 S. First St., and the suspect identified as Tabitha Roark, 37, of Artesia. Roark was the previous owner of the vehicle and, according to the criminal complaint, had attempted several times to retrieve it in the past.

After being stopped by police, Roark reportedly told them the vehicle was previously hers and had been sold by her father to The Lot while she was incarcerated in 2017.

She was subsequently arrested on a charge of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.