Maaco doors will be unlocked and car owners can claim their cars

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LANSING, MICH. (WLNS) — The doors of the Lansing Maaco are finally being unlocked Thursday Jan. 23.

The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Sheriff’s deputies are expected to arrive at 9:00 a.m. to unlock the building so that people can claim their cars after nearly two months of waiting.

Maaco customer Conrad Morrison said, “I’m happy that our vehicles will get out of there, but it would be nice to get our down payments back.”

The owner of the Maaco, Doug Parks, stopped showing up to work and that left customers in the dark. This meant his customers had no way of getting their cars back.

“Come on now,” said Maaco Customer Larry Miller. “He had a lot of people that was actually depending on him and his service and like I said, he’s been a good guy, up until now.”

Even though people can come to pick up their vehicles, there’s no word on what condition they’ll be in. That’s why deputies are asking people to have a back-up plan such as a towing service, in case the car battery is dead or the tires are flat.

Deputies aren’t sure if the keys are in the building, so if the owners have spares, they are encouraged to bring them.

Owners will also need to have the title of the vehicle and a driver’s license present. This is the only way the deputy can release the cars to the owners.

“It’s a terrible thing to happen,” said Miller. “I’ve never seen this in a business, ever in the 63 years I’ve been alive. I’ve never seen this happen to a business.”

6 News Reporter Kiyerra Lake reported this story.

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