PBC woman arrested for stealing her own car

By Althea Paul bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A Palm Beach County woman is arrested after trying to steal a car. Her own car.

But, neither she nor the car got very far. "It's kind of comical because there's three guys standing there. We're all busy, and she just slipped in quietly, so quietly," said the owner, Drew Zuccala.

But at that time, it was no laughing matter at Zuccala's Wrecker Service in Boynton Beach.

The woman caught on camera, Lori Dunford, walked towards her car which was towed Wednesday. But the problem, the owner says, she never talked to anyone and never paid the towing fees.

No one knew what was going on until they saw Dunford backing out and driving away. "The driver said that lady's stealing a car. And, I said, 'What car?' 'Cause I didn't know what he was talking about."

Dunford, who was arrested, didn't want to go on camera, claims she had called the tow company about paying the fee. But an employee said they were closed, and she'd have to come back the next day. Dunford says she is a psychologist and had just gotten a desperate call from one of her patients, so there was urgency to get her car back.

The woman also claims she never saw anyone there. As you can see in the video, the owner and an employee did eventually see her. And once they realized what was going on, jumped into a truck and took off after Dunford.

The owner says they called police and followed her. "Doesn't make any sense. Doesn't make any sense at all."

Dunford, who admits she was nervous, ended up crashing her car into a light pole along Northwest 9th Street at 10th Avenue.

She had to sit in jail overnight, and the damaged vehicle, once again, sits at the towing company.

Dunford is charged with theft of services and burglary to a fenced compound. She has hired a lawyer.