BRISTOL – An East Hartford woman accused of renting a car in Bristol and never returning it is expected to take a plea bargain.
Melissa Caraballo, 28, was scheduled to appear Friday in Bristol Superior Court, where her attorney, Elisa Villa, said her client was expected to take a plea deal. The terms of the deal were not discussed.
Caraballo was not at the hearing. She has been sent a letter notifying her of her next court date, when Villa said it is likely that the case will be disposed.
Caraballo faces one count of third-degree larceny.
According to the arrest warrant, she rented a Nissan Altima from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, on Farmington Avenue, in October 2018. The rental was only supposed to last a week or two, but Enterprise employees said she kept the vehicle for much longer, the warrant said.
Caraballo initially missed payments but would eventually make them, according to the warrant. She allegedly stopped paying outright in December 2018, the warrant said.
Enterprise employees told police Caraballo had a “plethora” of excuses when asked if she could return the car, including being at a funeral, on vacation and out of town, according to the warrant.
The warrant does not give a value to the Altima.
Caraballo was arrested in February and charged with third-degree larceny.
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