Casino valet driver mis­tak­enly gives car keys to a thief

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - – Mike Kurilovitch

A valet driver for the Seneca Ni­a­gara Casino mis­tak­enly gave the keys to an el­derly man’s car to another per­son, who promptly drove off with the ve­hi­cle Fri­day af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The vic­tim, an 81-year-old Ton­awanda res­i­dent, told Ni­a­gara Falls Po­lice he went to pick up his car from the casino’s valet park­ing ser­vice around 6 p.m., ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port. He saw the valet driver pull the car out and exit the ve­hi­cle be­fore briefly talk­ing to a male who ap­proached him. The valet then gave the keys to that man, who drove off just be­fore the vic­tim could protest.

Po­lice said the valet ex­plained that the man said the ve­hi­cle was his, even though he did not have the valet ticket for it — claim­ing he had given it to another valet in­side the casino.

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