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Apex woman facing charges after allegedly stealing truck, dogs

Posted July 24, 2013

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— Police charged an Apex woman Tuesday night after she allegedly stole a pickup truck and two dogs from a Walgreen's parking lot.

Ashley Gasiorowski said she left her 2010 GMC Sierra pickup truck running while she briefly went inside the West Williams Street store.

When she returned, the truck was gone, and so were her 8-year-old border collie, Jack, and 12-year-old beagle, Teetie, she said.

"I was panicked. I was petrified," Gasiorowski said. "I didn't care anything about the vehicle. All I wanted was my dogs back."

Police arrested Tamara Ann Spahr, 36, of 3416 Friendship Road, about 25 minutes after Gasiorowski called 911 when Spahr, driving the truck, pulled into a gas station across the street from the store.

Jack and Teetie, Gasiorowski said, were unharmed.

Spahr faces one count of larceny of a motor vehicle and two counts of larceny of dog.

She was jailed under a $25,000 bond on the larceny charges and an additional $5,000 bond on a charge of driving while impaired.

According to court records, Spahr was on 18 months' probation at the time of her arrest after a February conviction on four counts of assault/threat against a government official.

Prosecutors said during her first court appearance that the conviction stemmed from a December incident involving two police officers and two paramedics.

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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 24, 2013

    And now that I've thought more about this, dogs left in cars have kicked cars out of gear jumping around.

    Since the key was in the ignition and the car running, those dogs could have done so and caused an accident that could have killed them and others.

    The stupidity of some people amazes me.

    Stop taking stupid chances with those you claim to love.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 24, 2013

    lilloan - "I live about 22 miles from the nearest store and take my dogs about 30 miles to the park. Why would I drive 22 miles past the store on the way home and drive 22 miles back to the store...that's absurd. You're under the impression that everything is as accessbile to everyone else as it is to you. We all don't live in or near a city!"

    Rubbish!

    That's just an excuse for laziness and endangering animals.

    Why would anyone who lives that far out away from everything drive 30 miles to get to a dog park?

    If you're that far into the wilderness, find an open space near your home to exercise them.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 24, 2013

    "Ashley Gasiorowski said she left her 2010 GMC Sierra pickup truck running while she briefly went inside the West Williams Street store."

    Idi*t!!!

    I see that in the parking lot at the Food Lion in Angier ALLLL the time, where people run into the store and leave their kids or grandma in the car with it running to keep the vehicle's a/c going for them.

    All it takes is someone coming up beside the vehicle with a gun for things to turn very very bad very very quickly.

    Dumb Dumb Dumb - and lazy!!!

    She's danged lucky the woman didn't kick the dogs out of the car into traffic, to get run over by passing cars.

  • Hans Jul 24, 2013

    The owner of the vehicle should be charged.

  • outdoor592000 Jul 24, 2013

    Dumb........leave your car running. Dumber.........stealing someone's vehicle.

  • lilloan Jul 24, 2013

    Lets see what other options.

    1. turn the car off and crack the windows. 2. dont stop on your way home 3. make sure you take everything with you when you leave the house 4. stop and run errands prior to putting the dogs in the car

    Really? Crack the windows? Do you know how hot a car gets inside in the summer?

    I think your reply addresses my point. I live about 22 miles from the nearest store and take my dogs about 30 miles to the park. Why would I drive 22 miles past the store on the way home and drive 22 miles back to the store...that's absurd. You're under the impression that everything is as accessbile to everyone else as it is to you. We all don't live in or near a city!

  • happy2.0 Jul 24, 2013

    Thank God I have remote start. It's not horribly expensive and makes my life and my pets life much more tolerable in the summer and winter.

  • mgallen2 Jul 24, 2013

    Thanks for those that actually cited their sources. Should be standard procedure when quoting or referencing anything but apparently Django's mind is blown.

    @whatelseisnew- you can't be serious. "Because you want to be selfish, you could potentially endanger other people. The thief might decide to run from the police and cause death or serious injuries to others". Are you trying to say that I should be held accountable for a crook's actions after he steals my car?? Left running or not, that's absolutely absurd.

  • nicolle Jul 24, 2013

    People blaming the owner clearly have never had pets. Yesterday (even in the evening) was HOT and humid. Maybe she hadn't planned on stopping at the store. (Hasn't anyone ever found themselves with a headache and no aspirin or you suddenly need a pad or tampon?) She was probably thinking more about the dogs not overheating (which can happen in a short amount of time). When I worked at NC State, I once accidentally left my wallet out on my desk (the office was accessible to the public). Of course, the ONLY day I ever did this, it got stolen. Was it not the smartest idea to leave my wallet out? Of course not. Did I make it easier for the person to steal it? Probably yes. Of course I was mad at myself for leaving the wallet out. Was it MY FAULT the wallet got stolen? NO. It was the fault of the person why stole it. I'm sure this lady feels bad enough that her dogs were in danger. But most normal people do not steal a car. The one that stole the car was the criminal. Let’s not forget tha

  • lilloan Jul 24, 2013

    While I stand corrected that there is a statute, there is also a statute for permissible velocities on public roads that I'm pretty sure are enforced to a greated degree than the one that requires your vehicle to be attended when running,at all times.

    I was recently approached by an LEO that noticed my dogs sitting in the car from a distance. He just wanted to make sure the car was running and the dogs weren't baking while I was in the store.

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