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State Police: Prisoner steals police vehicle, escapes

7:16 — State Police have arrested the woman accused of slipping out of her handcuffs and stealing a police car and while in custody and escaping, according to the department.

Bridget Romero, 27, got into the front of the car after slipping the handcuffs and drove away Sunday, according to State Police.

A shotgun was in the stolen, unmarked vehicle, according to State Police.

Police found the vehicle Sunday, but not Romero.

They tracked her down after receiving a tip that she was at 705 Valencia Rd. in Milan and secured the residence Tuesday. Romero, who was in the home, then surrendered, according to State Police.

The shotgun has not been found.

Romero faces a new slew of charges, including unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, battery on a police officer and escaping the custody of a police officer.


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A female prisoner stole an unmarked Milan police officer’s vehicle Sunday when she was left in it and slipped out of her handcuffs, according to the New Mexico State Police.

Bridget Romero, 27, was handcuffed in the back seat of the unit when she managed to get her hands free, enter the front of the vehicle and drive away, according to police.

The vehicle, a 2013 white Ford Taurus, was found later Sunday but Romero was not.

State Police are asking anyone with information about Romero, who is described as 5 feet 2 inches, 138 pounds with brown eyes and hair, to call 505-863-9353.