Dude, where's my car? A closer look at theft by deception

March 12, 2019 - 3:30 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's got to be a bad feeling when you go to retrieve your car from valet parking and find out there's no one working there. 

A St. Paul, Minnesota, woman pulled her Jeep into the Regions Hospital drive-up entrance, and the man there took her keys and told her the valet ticket would be put inside the car.  

When she finished at the hospital, she asked the security guard about getting the ticket to reclaim her car — and was told that there was no valet. 

As it turns out, the man who took her keys was just a recently released patient who needed a ride home, so he took hers. When questioned, he said the woman was lovely.  

She did hand him her keys, so can he actually be charged with a crime? 

Yes — it's called theft by deception, when you deceive someone into giving you something you don't have the right to take or keep.  

Don't leave your car with anyone without getting a ticket in return. And while you're at the hospital, it's your head you should have examined.