A US couple suspected of stealing a vehicle from Cancun airport and leading police on a high-speed chase for nearly an hour could be freed because car theft is not considered a crime. serious crime in the state of Quintana Roo.
This week, Derek Andrew Vitas and Kristy Shaw of Grafton, Ohio allegedly stole a late-model SUV from the entrance to Cancun International Airport. Public records have revealed that Vitas once owned a Halloween haunted house business and still appears to be involved in similar businesses. Vitas is also listed as a construction company owner in Brooklyn, Ohio. Shaw’s work history was not readily available.
Breitbart Texas got an exclusive interview with the owners of the vehicle who were at the airport dropping off friends. The victims revealed that they were unloading luggage from their vehicle when Vitas and Shaw got in and drove away without closing the doors. The couple passed the barriers and security.
According to local media, the couple escaped two police checkpoints on their way from Cancun to Playa del Carmen. After the second checkpoint, federal, local, and state authorities were involved in the pursuit. Police fired at the vehicle to stop and were eventually forced to use a PIT maneuver to stop them. At the time of the arrest, authorities reportedly found doses of narcotics for personal use and Vitas and Shaw were under the influence.
The victims in the case relied on their vehicle for work and have been put in dire financial straits as they face a lengthy insurance claim process.
Breitbart Texas has learned the couple could be freed as soon as Friday under dubious allegations that car theft is not a serious crime in the state. Breitbart Texas contacted the Quintana Roo attorney general’s office for comment. Officials responded that the case is still being compiled and that later today Vitas and Shaw will be brought before a “reviewing judge.”
Mexico has a long history of judges and prosecutors dismissing charges or making cases disappear in exchange for bribes. Currently, Mexico is listed as one of the worst countries in various studies that measure impunity and corruption around the world, such as the Global Impunity Index.
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