SARASOTA, Fla. - A working father from North Port said he was taken for a ride, when he thought he was lending his car to a friend for a couple of minutes.
Kevin Deyoung said a friend of his brother's asked to borrow his car last month, and returned it hours later, stripped of many of its original parts.
"He needed to go to his grandma's house, I thought, to do some laundry," Deyoung said. "He said he would be right back. He said he would put some gas in it. I let him take it...He seemed alright."
Deyoung commutes to Sarasota for work five days a week, and said his car barely functions.
"The air conditioning is out, the radiator's leaking, the power steering lights came on the day after I got it back. One of the tires was swapped out, and my seat is busted up on the driver's side, so I have a little lean when I ride," Deyoung said.
Deyoung said he did not notice the problems with the car the night it was returned to him because it was dark outside.
"When I got to work the next morning, and it was light out, I started noticing different things with my car," he said.
Parts on Deyoung's car had been replaced with broken parts, including a dented, rusting door. Investigators used the VIN number on that door to trace the car parts back to Timothy Horton, who lives in Punta Gorda, and has a blue Suzuki like Deyoung's.
Investigators said Horton and a friend came up with the sceme to fix his car by tearing Deyoung's car apart.
"It's going to change my opinion on what I loan to people or how I help people out," Deyoung said.