Ohio woman paid thief $ 30 to steal her car from auto body shop

CINCINNATI (WXIX / Gray News) – A woman in Ohio pays for a full $ 3,500 she owed rather than an auto shop from someone who paid her.

Surveillance video shows a hired suspect driver hitting their car with an employee.

Kitu Veal, owner of Kitu’s Auto Group in Cincinnati, says 28-year-old Terrella Lewis repairs for her car, but when it comes to pay, she doesn’t have the money.

Lewis risked accumulating additional storage fees while her car languished at Veal’s shop.

Veal said he helped her move the car to her secondary location, where she parked and worked things out.

“I put it on the street right here for maybe 10 minutes,” Veal said. “Then I went into the building of my side. I’m walking into the building. I hear the alarm go off, like the chirp of the alarm. So I turn around and see a guy running into her front seat. ”

Veal said he thought the wheel behind the person was stealing from the car or stealing the car itself.

“Everyone who comes to my business, I protect their car like it’s mine,” said Veal. “It would hurt my heart to know that when someone’s property was taken it was in my possession.”

But the police said in an affidavit that Lewis gave the suspect a key to her car and paid them $ 30 to steal it so she could avoid the repair costs.

Surveillance video showed Veal jogging to the entrance and standing in front of the car. He says he got the person out, but the driver then accelerated into him. and he was dragged down Central Avenue.

“It was a ride while I was enjoying it,” Veal said. “Once he hit the brakes, that’s when the hard part kicked in. My back still hurts from it. ”

Veal said if he had known, he wouldn’t have tried to stop the driver.

“The only reason I stood in front of this car was that you didn’t take your property and put yourself in a bad position, and you were the person who sent them down here the whole time,” he said.

The person who hit Veal has not yet been identified.

Lewis is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $ 10,000 bail for complicity.

She will appear before a grand jury June 30.

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