Jasmin Pita (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A Phoenix woman is accused of breaking into a friend's apartment on Thursday, stealing a laptop, setting the place on fire and driving away in his pickup truck as she fled the scene, police said.
Jasmin Pita, 22, was found in the stolen vehicle parked behind a taco shop on Friday, officers said. Police located the laptop in the vehicle and the woman gave a fake name at the time of her arrest, a court document stated.
Witnesses said Pita used a piece of cloth wrapped around her hand to break a window in the apartment at the Desert Wind apartment complex at 4141 W. McDowell Rd.
While crawling through the window, she told one of the witnesses that she had forgotten her keys, according to court paperwork.
Pita was in the apartment two to three minutes, then left through the front door carrying what witnesses described as a black object, according to a probable cause statement.
Shortly after she departed, witnesses said they saw smoke and fire in the apartment. One room in the apartment was completely destroyed and the remainder of the dwelling sustained heavy heat and smoke damage. Investigators determined it was arson.
The woman's friend contacted authorities and an arson investigator met with him on Monday to discuss his stolen vehicle.
He said he discovered his vehicle was missing from his home on Sunday, along with the keys.
He said Pita admitted to having the vehicle but would not return it, court paperwork said.
Pita was booked into jail on charges of arson, burglary, possession of stolen property, theft and failure to provide a lawful name and date of birth.
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