Woman, 89, Locked In Car Boot For Two Days

An 89-year-old woman in Delaware has been carjacked and locked in her own boot for two days before being dumped at a cemetery.

State police have charged five teenagers over the kidnapping of Margaret Smith, who was found wandering around the headstones of the graveyard east of Seaford in Sussex County.

She was treated at a local hospital and later released.

By chance, troopers spotted her car being driven around in nearby Bridgeville and ran a licence check.

Three girls and two boys aged from 14 to 17-years-old were taken into custody.

Authorities had issued a Gold Alert for Mrs Smith after relatives reported her missing on Tuesday night.

She had last been seen getting into her car around 11am that day.

Police said two girls had approached her at a grocery store and asked for a ride.

She agreed but when they arrived at the address they gave, the girls demanded her car keys and forced her into the boot of the car.

They later allegedly took more than \$500 from her coat pocket.

At some point, the two girls also picked up the other teens and showed off their helpless victim inside the boot, police said.

Two girls, aged 14 and 15, were detained on \$122,000 (£80,000) cash bonds after being charged with robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and conspiracy.

Two boys, both aged 17, were being held on \$27,000 (£17,000) secured bonds after being charged with kidnapping, conspiracy and receiving stolen property.

Another 15-year-old girl was charged with receiving stolen property and conspiracy and is being held on \$2,000 (£1,300) secured bond.


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