North Carolina Woman Sought for Vehicle Theft After Police Pursuit

On August 13, 2022, at about 1858 hours, a Newark Police officer patrolling the 1100-block of South College Avenue observed a vehicle stopped and blocking the entrance/exit driveway for a business.  The officer contacted the driver and determined that the vehicle was not displaying a registration plate.  During the course of the investigation, the vehicle was found to have been reported stolen in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The driver, Jaylah Byers, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was taken into custody without incident.

Byers was transported to Newark Police headquarters where she was charged with felony Receiving Stolen Property.  Byers appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and was released on $500 unsecured bail.

The next day, on August 14, 2022, at about 1924 hours, Newark Police responded to a business in the 600-block of South College Avenue for a report of a vehicle theft that had just occurred.  Responding officers found that the victim parked his vehicle, a 2010 Mazda 3, in the parking lot of Stadium Liquors at 610 South College Avenue.  The victim left the vehicle running while he went inside the business.  As he came out of the business, he observed the vehicle driving southbound on South College Avenue operated by a black female that he observed on the sidewalk prior to the theft.

Newark Police officers in the area observed the vehicle entering Interstate 95 northbound.  Newark police officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle.  The vehicle did not stop and officers pursued the vehicle on I-95 to the area of SR 273 and Chapman Road.  The pursuit was terminated at that point for the safety of the public.

Using area surveillance video and witness statements, officers determined that Byers was the suspect who stole the vehicle and fled from Newark Police.

The vehicle, a blue 2010 Mazda 3, MD 9EG5016, has not been recovered.

Newark Police have obtained an arrest warrant charging Byers with felony Theft of a Motor Vehicle and felony Disregarding a Police Officer’s Signal.

Anyone with information about Byers or the vehicle is asked to contact Cpl. Martin at (302) 366-7100 x. 3470 or  Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.

Jaylah Byers