Hollywood, FL – September 15, 2015 – The moment a thief saw his chance to steal a tow truck, he jumped into it and took off, and it was all caught on camera.
The case is now in the hands of the Hollywood police.
Some people might call it poetic justice, because the victim was a repo man, and unfairly, he had the tables turned on him right in front of his eyes.
Police said there were four culprits — a woman, her boyfriend, who came to pick up her repossessed car, and their friends in a second vehicle.
“They’re leaving with their car — the one that was repossessed,” Victor Puran said as he watches the surveillance video.
Puran owns AAA Asset Recovery in Hollywood. But Monday night a real crook turned the tables on him. One of the woman’s friends allegedly stole Puran’s tow truck.
“I was in shock. This is my hard earned money that paid for this truck,” Puran said of the $65,000 truck.
“Did you have any confrontation with this guy prior to this?” Local 10 News’ John Turchin asked Puran.
“No. They were very friendly outside, which was shocking,” Puran said.
Just as one of Puran’s driver’s pulled up and ran in for a moment, the same woman’s friends circled back and made their move.
“My thought was, at that moment, to get my truck,” Puran said. “He was taking all the streets, making lefts, making rights, going through all the neighborhoods. He was trying to lose us, basically. What he tried to do was try to run us off the road and make me crash.”
The thief repeatedly slammed into the front end of Puran’s Nissan Maxima.
“He went through (a) yard here,” Puran said. “As he was coming through really fast, the tires spun out and got stuck in the mud. He jumped out, he ran on foot and somebody picked him up, and he was never seen again.”
The thief made a cameo appearance on camera at the financial lending center, where his friend was taking care of her loan.
Police are now investigating, trying to locate the thief.