Kaylee Graveley was driving through Wilson on Wednesday when she saw a van she just had to have, police said, so she parked her Honda and stole the Mitsubishi Delica.
“She said it was her destiny,” Teton County Sheriff’s Detective Dave Hodges said.
The 21-year-old Bozeman, Montana, woman lived in Jackson over the summer.
“She had no destination in mind but decided to head back to Gallatin County, Montana,” Hodges said.
Graveley made it 120 miles north when she was pulled over by the West Yellowstone Police Department at 5 a.m. Thursday, but not for grand theft auto.
“She was arrested on an outstanding Montana warrant,” Hodges said.
Graveley was wanted for failing to appear on an old DUI charge, Hodges said, so she was arrested.
But the van hadn’t been reported stolen yet, so Gravely made bail, returned to the stolen van and continued north.
Graveley made it 50 more miles when she was pulled over again in Big Sky, this time for a busted headlight. It was 10 a.m. by then, and the van had been reported stolen in Teton County just an hour before. The Teton County Sheriff’s Office had entered the Mitsubishi into the National Crime Information Center database.
“We got a delayed hit that the car was in Big Sky, Montana,” Teton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Stanyon said.
When the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office pulled Graveley over in Big Sky, they ran the plates and it alerted the vehicle as stolen.
“Within two hours of the car being reported stolen it was recovered and returned,” Stanyon said.
Gravely was charged with possession of stolen property or felony theft.