Man steals car, leaves it as test-drive collateral, steals another car

Man steals Mercedes after dropping off a Lexus

From the ‘Doh!’ files

This guy might be an idiot or a genius, but he’s definitely a criminal.

A customer walked in to Midnight Racing Auto in Pennsylvania last Saturday and asked for a test drive of a 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, CBS Pittsburg reports. General manager Jennifer Butler acquiesced, using the man’s Lexus as collateral when she handed over the keys. She also got a copy of his license, as is standard procedure. Test drives normally last about 15 minutes, she told the man, who played the part by asking where potential customers usually go for these things. Well, after 30 minutes Butler was worried, and after an hour she called the police. Sure enough, the information left in the Lexus was not the man’s, but that of the owner of the Lexus, which was also stolen.

Butler told CBS she wants this to be a warning to other car dealers. Predictably, the dealership is changing the procedures for test drives.

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