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Police: Auto Shop Worker Wrecked Customer’s BMW On Joyride

MELBOURNE, Fla. (UPI) — Police in Florida said an auto shop employee who wrecked a customer’s BMW did not break any laws by taking the vehicle for a joyride.

Chad Henson of Melbourne said he dropped off his 2003 BMW at Cypress Automotive and Transmission to have minor work done, and later learned the car had been totaled by a joyriding employee of the auto shop, WESH reported Friday.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the car was involved in a crash at 2:30 a.m. Jan. 8 in Orlando, 71 miles from Melbourne, and a second collision at 4:17 a.m. the same morning in St. Cloud, about 27 miles from Melbourne.

Shawn Beck, owner of Jack’s Wrecker Service, said one of his trucks towed the totaled car from the St. Cloud crash site and the repair shop told him an employee had been driving the vehicle.

Police said it is not illegal for a repair shop worker to drive a customer’s car.

“They gave [their employee] permission to take my car across the state of Florida and total it and not give it back to me. And in the meantime, I’m out a $7,000 BMW, and they told me tough luck,” Henson said.

Authorities said Henson can sue the repair shop to recoup his losses.

The owner of the repair shop could not be reached for comment, WESH said.

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