Car goes missing after valet worker hands keys to wrong person

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NEWPORT BEACH, CA - You never can be too careful when you hand over your car keys.

A scratch is the least of worries for a couple in Newport Beach, California.  They didn't even get their keys or their car back after leaving it with a valet driver.

Jodie Abadie and Josh Gelle thought they were being pranked when they went to pick up their car from the valet after having dinner at Joe's Crab Shack.

A valet driver had given away their 2014 Mazda CX9.  That worker was sent home, but his coworkers say he gave the car to two guys who claimed to have lost their valet ticket.

No word from Joe's Crab Shack, but Laz Parking, the third party company that handles valet for the restaurant, has apologized.

"Joe's Crab Shack managers say they have nothing to do with Laz, but they stand on their front step and take your car," Abadie claimed.

Laz Parking said "it appears our company policies and procedures weren't followed" and will act accordingly after the incident is reviewed.

They're also helping the couple roll with their last minute adjustments.

"They covered the locks here and the office.  They covered the two rental cars that I've had so far," Gelle said.

The car has not been found.  Who knows how long this incident will ride out?

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