Valet charged in alleged rental scheme

April 5, 2009 4:06:25 PM PDT
Greenwich police say a luxury car dealership's valet has been charged with secretly renting out its cars to friends. Police arrested 41-year-old Virgilio Collins-Meza of Stamford last Wednesday, charging him with five counts of first-degree larceny.

Authorities say Collins-Meza, who worked at Lexus of Greenwich, rented out five Lexus sedans to friends for $100 a day without the dealership's permission or knowledge.

Dealership officials realized March 31 that the cars were missing and reported them stolen.

Detectives say the trail led to Collins-Meza when one friend crashed a car and was caught by police. The five friends were charged with first-degree larceny.

Collins-Meza was held on $250,000 bond.


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