(Memphis) Four-year-old Kevin was sleeping in the back of a white Corolla outside his grandmother’s home Friday when a repo man used keys to start up the engine and make a 12-minute drive from the South Memphis home to an auto lot in Whitehaven.
Sam Young, the manager at Cooper and Son Auto Sales, says as soon as the repo driver pulled up to the lot, they got a call from Kevin’s grandmother saying that inside the car was the little boy.
“You got to be kidding me, I didn’t believe it at first,” said Young.
Young walked out to the car to check.
“I opened up the door. That’s when he raised up and rubbed his eyes,” Young said.
As you can imagine, a 4-year-old waking up in the middle of the night to a stranger, the little boy started crying.
“When he started crying, what were you thinking?” asked WREG’s Elise Preston.
“Uh oh, he was scared. He didn’t know what was going on,” replied Young.
Family members and police spent Friday night scrambling to find the little boy. They thought a crook stole the car and kidnapped Kevin.
“I really don’t like none of this. You should have checked the car and bring the child to the door and let them know you’re about to pull the car,” said Kevin’s mother, Jerrica Leverson.
Young says the job of a repo man is dangerous.
“My repo men have guns pulled on them,” said Young.
So when they take cars from folks who haven’t paid their bills, they work quickly.
“It’s night time. A 4-year-old, you would figure they would be strapped in, not laying down in the backseat,” Young said.
Kevin’s grandmother says the car was taken when she went inside to put up groceries.