Today’s story is that of a crime that was committed while an expensive vehicle was out for what was supposed to be a run-of-the mill test drive.
According to multiple media reports, on February 21, a dealership salesman was “conned” during a test drive. However, this wasn’t a typical vehicle, it was a Maserati. The report indicates a salesman at Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, Florida went on a test drive with a 45-year-old Michael McGilvary in a 2016 Maserati Gran Turismo. The salesman reportedly allowed the test drive after making a copy of McGilvary’s driver’s license. During the test drive the customer allegedly asked to take the vehicle to a marina to show the car to his girlfriend. McGilvary allegedly left the Maserati with a valet and the salesman and customer went into a hotel next to the marina to see McGilvary’s father’s boat. McGilvary allegedly left the salesman outside the back of the hotel, rushed to the front and left with the Maserati. The salesman waited 30 minutes and asked the valet what happened when McGilvary didn’t return. McGilvary was found and apprehended the next day.
McGilvary has been arrested and charged with grand theft and is being held in federal custody on an unrelated probation violation.