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Is this carwash responsible for stolen car?

February 16, 2012
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WICKFORD, ESSEX, ENGLAND — A woman’s car was stolen after she handed off her keys to a B&I hand carwash employee, the Brentwood Weekly News reported.

The Feb. 16 story said the 60-year-old woman, who is a regular customer at the carwash, headed next door to the Wickford Community Association Centre after handing over her keys, and was then approached two minutes later by the carwash’s owner who let her know her car was stolen.

The victim said in the story, “He [the owner] asked me if I had moved my car and I said ‘no, your staff have got the keys’ and he said that in that case my car must have been stolen, as he saw it being driven off at speed.”

Surveillance cameras caught the incident and footage shows a man crouching down by her car. The man then got into the car and sped off.

Carwash manager Jani Agba said that while he is upset the woman’s car was stolen, it was her fault because she left her keys in the ignition and did not actually hand them over to the employee.

Police are still investigating the incident.