This tow company duo sure didn't toe the line when conducting business.
Late last month, the owner of Mustang which had been involved in an accident the day prior, went to AA Accurate, a towing business near Ormond Beach, to take a child’s car seat from the vehicle, according to a news release from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
Other than the accident damage, the Mustang was reportedly intact.
The Mustang's owner then returned to get the rest of her stuff, including a case containing 100 CDs -- but her personal belongs were missing and the Mustang had been stripped of the speedometer cluster, the stereo and speakers, mirrors and taillights, the release stated.
James Pascarelli, 64, the owner of a towing company near Ormond Beach, and an employee, Kirk Luckett, 52, both spun a tale: They allegedly told deputies they had spotted some man near the wooded back of the lot. When Luckett had yelled at him he dropped a bag containing CDs and stereo speakers,.
Deputies weren't buying it because they didn’t find any evidence that corroborated their storywhen they inspected the area.
Luckett finally admitted that he had stripped the Mustang and taken the CDs -- but only after asking Pascarelli for permission and after the insurance company was done processing the car, the report stated.
Pascarelli claimed that Luckett didn’t have his permission to take the items and he had confronted Luckett once he realized the theft had occurred, allegedly telling his worker to return it all, believing that allbe be fine if the items were returned, deputies said.
He was wrong.
Both were arrested on Tuesday.
Pascarelli now faces charges of principle to grand theft and knowingly giving false information to a law enforcement officer. Luckett was charged with grand theft and knowingly giving false information to a law enforcement officer. This marks Luckett's 8th trip to the Volusia County pokey, according to inmate records.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times