FL- Parking Lot Owner Joyrides

By: Jeff Deal
By: Jeff Deal

An undercover investigation in Florida plays out like a scene from the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off".

A parking lot owner apparently likes to take customers' cars for a spin.. and then some.

Jeff Deal reports.

Zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. It is one hot car, fire red with a 430-horsepower v-8 engine. A $60,000 2012 corvette, the kind of car anyone would love to take for a spin. And it's the kind of car you hate to leave in someone else's hands, but sometimes, that's what people do.

Especially cruise passengers looking to set sail on vacation. Lots like premier parking spot in cocoa offer to watch your car while you're on vacation, then shuttle you to the port in style. But eyewitness news got a tip the owner of premier parking spot Jay Nieves, was known to take customer's keys, then take their cars for a ride.

To investigate we rented the flashy convertible corvette and equipped it with a G-P-S tracking device.

Then we sent a husband and wife in the sports car headed for vacation to drop the car off at premier just to see what would happen. But sure enough, the temptation was too much.

Just six hours later, with the couple long gone, the G-P-S tracking device sent us a text message alerting the car was in motion.

That's when we captured this video of Nieves and another employee joyriding in our car. Peeling out on dirt roads. We saw them taking pictures of the corvette in front of Nieves' home.

Later that night cruising on Merritt island, and eventually parking it at an Applebee's restaurant.

Our computer G-P-S system showed Nieves even parked it at his home overnight. Two days later, we watched him drive it all over town running errands.

He went to ace hardware. This is Nieves walking from the store to the car with a friend.

Later, he loaded it up with lumber at his home, and even allowed a dog to run around in the customer's car.

Finally, when he left it in a parking lot near his business with the top down and door open for more than 20 minutes, we'd seen enough.

(reporter: "Which car are you guys driving today? Do you think it's okay to drive customers' cars?")

His female employee didn't say much. And when we confronted Nieves, he played dumb.

(reporter: "Whose car are you guys driving out there?")
"Whose car are we driving?"

(reporter: "Yeah, the red Corvette. What's that?")
"We're not driving anybody's car. Why?"

(reporter: "You guys are driving that car all over town.")
"What are you talking about?"

Even though we had all this video.

(reporter: "Let me show you something. Let me show you this video. You recognize this road right here? You recognize those people right there in that car?")

"No, we're not driving anybody's car."

Jay Nieves flat out lied and denied he ever took a joy ride in a customer's car.

(reporter: "You're going to say you weren't driving the car? Tell me the truth. Be honest with me.")

"Sir, you're completely wrong."

The G-P-S installed in the car showed that the Corvette had been driven 61 miles after being dropped off at Premier Parking Spot.

A tipster suggested that this same behavior had gone on with other customers' vehicles over the past couple of months.

It now appears the lot has been shut down.

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