An Auburn woman was arrested Saturday for taking a neighbor's rental car without permission, police said. 

Auburn Deputy Police Chief Roger Anthony said the department received a complaint that 55-year-old Lori D. Holmes had stolen a rental car from a city resident. 

Holmes, of 20 Thornton Ave. Apt. 303, had allegedly conned a neighbor into renting a white 2017 Hyundai Accent from Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Auburn. Then, Anthony said Holmes forcibly took the keys from her neighbor and stole the car. 

"For whatever reason, Holmes could not rent a car herself," Anthony said. "The complainant was holding onto the keys and (Holmes) ripped them out of her hand. When you steal something directly from a person like that, it becomes a felony." 

Holmes was eventually found and the car was recovered. She was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, and third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Holmes was arraigned Saturday and remanded to Cayuga County Jail without bail. 

Staff writer Megan Blarr can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or megan.blarr@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @CitizenBlarr. 

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