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Car Hire threatens Melbourne Crown Casino with legal action after luxury car was stolen from valet

Owners of 500K Sports Car Threaten Legal Action Against Crown Casino After Parking Valet Handed Keys to Thief

  • The McLaren sports car was searched by the casino valet at 3 am on Sunday.
  • Valet handed the keys to a 43-year-old man who did not own the car
  • The car’s owners said it had engine and interior damage caused by the incident.

Crown Casino has been threatened with legal action after a thief was handed over the keys to a luxury vehicle by a parking attendant.

The $500,000 McLaren sports car left the casino at 3 a.m. Sunday morning after a man allegedly removed it from the valet.

When the driver who actually searched the vehicle, Johnny Nahlous, handed over his valet ticket to pick it up, he was told, ‘you don’t own the car.’

A $500,000 McLaren sports car was removed from the Crown Casino's valet parking lot (pictured) at 3 a.m. Sunday by a different man than the one who had searched it.

A $500,000 McLaren sports car was removed from the Crown Casino’s valet parking lot (pictured) at 3 a.m. Sunday by a different man than the one who had searched it.

“I gave them the valet ticket and they said, no, they took it at 3 am,” Nahlous said. 9News.

Police stopped the supercar in West Footscray and arrested a 43-year-old Lismore man.

The car’s owner, Sydney-based Honeymoon Car Hire, said it will take legal action against Crown Casino because the car was returned damaged.

“There is damage to the interior, the engine, and we have photos of that as well,” said Georgia Hunter of Honeymoon Car Hire.

“We will pursue legal action in due course with Crown.”

Police tracked the luxury car to West Footscray, where they arrested and charged a 43-year-old man with theft.

Police tracked the luxury car to West Footscray, where they arrested and charged a 43-year-old man with theft.

The man who stole the car has been charged with motor vehicle theft and is out on bail before appearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court on October 17.

Crown Casino said they are assisting police with the ongoing investigation and have launched an internal investigation into the incident.

“We take security matters very seriously and have launched an internal investigation as a matter of priority,” Crown Casino said.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Crown Casino for comment.

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