Marika Posted March 31, 2008 Report Share Posted March 31, 2008 Cars disappear from Riverside mall's valet lot Monday, March 31, 2008 At least two vehicles were stolen from a valet service at the Shops at Riverside on Saturday night, one of the victims said Sunday. Dorothy Cosimano of Oakland said she used the valet service to park her Cadillac Escalade while she and her sister's family dined at Maggiano's after a day in Manhattan. "You think you are planning a nice family day ... and you end up with a nightmare," Cosimano said. "[The car] was going to be a year old next month. And I'm pregnant. I have two boys, that's why we have the big car." Hackensack police declined to release any information Sunday, saying it would violate a department policy that allows only the chief to speak publicly. The operator of the service, Central Parking System Inc., based in Nashville, Tenn., is the world's largest parking provider, with 2,700 lots holding more than 1 million spaces, according to its Web site. Company officials could not be reached Sunday afternoon for comment. According to Cosimano, she and her sister, Tracey Ingrasselino of Mahwah, and their husbands had taken their three preschoolers into New York City to see the "Go, Diego, Go Live!" show at Radio City Music Hall. On the way home, they stopped at Maggiano's for a 5 p.m. dinner, handing over Cosimano's Escalade to the valets. When they came out a few hours later, the valets at first brought them the wrong vehicle, the women said. When Ingrasselino and Cosimano protested, they were told that Cosimano's Escalade was gone — and with it, three strollers and three children's car seats. "They pulled up a Range Rover and tried to pull one over on us," Ingrasselino said. Ingrasselino said that as this was going on, another couple from Leonia tried to retrieve their car from the service, but it also had disappeared. Ingrasselino said the valet service had left the keys in the Escalade, making it easier to steal. "We were basically stranded," said Ingrasselino. "We had to call neighbors to get three car seats together. Ultimately, we didn't get home until 1 in the morning." When Hackensack police arrived, Cosimano said, they wrote down a report and put two of the valets in a police cruiser and left. Cosimano said she also tried to activate the OnStar system in her car, but she was told by OnStar that the connection had been severed in the vehicle. Cosimano said the manager of the Shops at Riverside bought the families three car seats Sunday to replace the ones that were stolen. Still, she said the theft will make her change her habits. "I know if I valet, I will say, 'Give me my keys,' " she said. "That way, if they are going to steal it, it will be harder." If you really want to make people safe drivers again then simply remove all the safety features from cars. No more seat belts, ABS brakes, traction control, air bags or stability control. No more anything. You'll see how quickly people will slow down and once again learn to drive like "normal" humans. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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