State police arrested a New Bedford, Massachusetts woman in North Stonington Monday night after she drove by a patrol cruiser and a license plate reading device alerted troopers that the car was stolen, police said.
State police from Troop E in Montville were in the North Stonington area doing "motor vehicle enforcement" when a Ford Explorer with Virginia plates passed a parked patrol cruiser with a license plate reader at about 6:30 p.m. The technology detected the car was stolen, prompting police to pull the car over.
Police arrested Dianne Dacosta, 59, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, on charges of third-degree larceny and operating a motor vehicle without a license after they confirmed the car was stolen in Rhode Island, police said.
Dacosta was cooperative with police.
She was issued a $5,000 bond and is due in court in New London on Tuesday.