Tow Truck Operator Busted For Attempted GLA
A Farmingdale man who works for a Rockaway towing company was busted on March 2 as he was towing a BMW automobile from a parking lot at the Ocean Park Apartments at Beach 19 Street and Seagirt Boulevard.
The truck driver, employed by B & M Tow ing on Beach 62 Street and Almeda Avenue in Arverne, was identified in court documents supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown as Wayne Ryan, 34.
According to the court papers, Ryan had put a BMW belonging to Anton Shevchenko of Far Rockaway on the tow hook when the owner confronted him, asking him who had called to have his car towed and demanding to see the tow authorization – neither of which Ryan had available.
Brown said that Ryan initially refused to produce his Department of Consumer Affairs license to operate a tow truck.
And, while the criminal complaint against Ryan says that Brian Sheinin, the owner of B & M told police that Ryan had no business being at the location, Sheinin told The Wave on Tuesday morning that the charges are “phony” and that Ryan had been sent to that location to tow an illegally parked car by the night dispatcher after a call from Ocean Park security officers.
“That BMW was parked illegally, and we have a contract to tow illegally parked cars from that property,” Sheinin said. “This was all a misunderstanding between the police officer and Ryan.” Sheinin says Ryan got very nervous when challenged by the police officer.
Sheinin explained that the security officer who called to tow the car had gone off duty and the new shift did not know about the call, leading to a lack of what he called a “Tow-go” document to show the cop. He said that Ryan was waiting for the document when the cops showed up.
He said that a tenant had called security that a man had left his car on the property and gone into nearby JASA housing, illegal under the parking rules for the housing complex.
“The signs in the parking lot are clear and that car was illegally parked,” he said. “We had a right to tow it.”
Ryan was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on March 3 on charges of criminal possession of stolen property, attempted grand larceny and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
He was released on his own recognizance for an April 12 hearing.
Sheinin, who says that Ryan can’t work for him until the criminal complaint is resolved, will be in court that day to explain what happened.
“Ryan is one of my best workers,” he said. “This is all a misunderstanding and I feel terrible for him. I want him back.”