On midnight Thursday, July 20th, 65-year-old Betty Thomas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, disputed the fare of her taxi ride with her driver, she then proceeded to commandeer the taxi and began to pick up paying passengers.
The Philadelphia Police Department responded to the alert at 12:35 am of a stolen vehicle. They met the taxi driver who told the officers that he had a dispute with a customer, Betty, over the fare.
He picked up Betty after she hailed the cab in Germantown, she requested the driver take her to Sugarhouse Casino, soon after Betty asked the driver to get her a drink as she was thirsty. The driver noticed that Betty was struggling to walk so he aided her in getting water from the Sunoco Gas station on the corner of North Broad Street and West Hunting Park Avenue. They spent around 90 minutes at the gas station, at the end, Betty and the driver had a dispute over the fare. Betty got into the driver's side of the vehicle and sped off heading southbound on North Broad Street.
Betty picked up a woman and her baby, who did not know they were seated in a stolen cab. The police had spotted Betty with her paying customers and quickly apprehended the car thief.
Betty Thomas was arrested and charged with theft-unlawful taking, theft of services, theft-receiving stolen property, terroristic threats and unauthorized use of auto.