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Tourist rents convertible with stolen plates at OIA

ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) - A tourist says he recently rented a car at Orlando International Airport only to get pulled over and handcuffed by sheriff's deputies because the car had a stolen tag.

Marco Foz is on his first trip to the U.S. from Luxembourg and he decided to rent a convertible to explore Florida.

He rented a Mustang from Budget Car Rental at Orlando International Airport.

On Sunday, Foz and his friend Brad Hovis, of Cape Canaveral, were driving in St. Augustine when they saw a cluster of sheriff’s office patrol cars coming up behind them.

The men say several St. John's County Sheriff's deputies descended on them.

“We are pulled out, handcuffed, separated, put into separate police cars, interrogated about… we didn't know what we were being interrogated about,” Hovis said.

According the sheriff's report, the tag on the Mustang they had rented was reported stolen out of Orange County. Foz showed WESH 2 News a photo that he took shortly after he got the car, which he says shows the stolen tag on it.

The men said that as soon the deputies confirmed their story, they released them and helped them get to a nearby Budget office for a replacement vehicle.

The men told WESH 2 News that Budget is offering them a week free rental and $500 for their trouble.


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