Tow Truck Driver Arrested For Illegal Towing, Extortion
April 29, 2013
Christopher Capurso, 22, created and enforced fake “no parking” signs
(Long Island, NY) A Franklin Square tow truck driver was arrested Friday for allegedly installing his own fake “tow away” and “no parking” signs in commercial parking lots, and then taking it upon himself to enforce said signs by illegally towing cars and extorting payments for their return from several victims, according to Nassau County Police.
Christopher Capurso, 22, of Franklin Square, owner of Bumble Bee Towing, is accused of creating and posting fraudulent signs that read, “Customer/Tenant Parking Only 24 Hours – 7 Days A Week. Unauthorized Vehicles Will be Towed at Owners Expense. Cars released by appointment only.” Capurso would install the signs temporarily in busy business locations, police said.
Capurso would then hook up random parked vehicles to his tow truck as if he was planning to two them away, and wait for the owners to show up so that he could extort money from them for the vehicle’s return, demanding as much as $200 at a time, cops said.
After getting paid off, Capurso would remove the fake signs and leave for another area, according to authorities.
“[Capurso was] holding cars hostage,” said Floral Park Village Police said in a statement.
Capurso, who had a license to tow but not to own a tow truck, was arraigned at Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead on seven counts of grand larceny. Capurso has had his tow truck operator license revoked. He is currently free on $500 bond but is due back in court on May 10.
In addition to the current charges against him, police said they that they are looking into over a dozen additional complaints throughout Nassau County against Capurso and his towing company.
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