Female burglary suspect leads deputies on 2-hour pursuit through south Fayette woods


Deputies pursued a female burglar through the woods in the south end of Fayette County before apprehending her in the wee hours of Jan. 4.

According to a Fayette County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, officers were dispatched around 1:17 a.m. to a residence on Huckaby Road and, upon making contact with the suspect, determined that there were likely some mental issues to be addressed. She promptly ran from them into the wood line before they could detain her.

A few minutes later a dispatcher stated that a blue F-150 was stolen along Rising Star Road by someone matching the suspect’s description. That vehicle was soon found crashed into a tree just a short distance from where it had been taken.

The suspect left the vehicle and returned to the woods, with the entire scenario lasting a couple of hours before deputies were able to get her back out and apprehend her. Some drug-related objects were found on her person at that time.

After the arrest, they learned that she had entered the residence of the F-150 owner through the garage and damaged property in one of the bedrooms before leaving through a window. It was determined that she also entered another vehicle at that residence, a box truck used by the victim for his job, before proceeding to the truck that she stole.

Janet Medeiros, 34, of Sharpsburg faces two felony charges of entering auto and another felony count of burglary, in addition to criminal trespass, loitering or prowling and possession/use of drug-related objects, according to the Fayette County Jail log.

The FCSO spokesman noted that she received proper medical care upon her arrest.