NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Kipa Liimonti’s 2007 Jeep Cherokee was stolen right before his eyes at Broadway and Fillmore in Buffalo, back in February. A week later, Niagara Falls police cornered the car, arrested the teenage driver, and charged him with stealing Liimonti’s Jeep.
Unlike Buffalo, the City of Niagara Falls outsources its auto impound services to private lot owners, so somebody has to pay to store them–even crime victims. Liimonti didn’t learn his Jeep Cherokee had been recovered for 11 days, after it had rung up hundreds of dollars in storage fees at the Parkside Auto lot on Hyde Park Blvd.
Parkside’s owner called him asking when he would be picking up the Jeep, and paying the storage costs, which by last weekend, surpassed $1,000, “He called me up and said hey, I have your truck. I said, what are you doing with my truck?”
After Call 4 Action aired Liimanti’s dilemma, a Good Samaritan stepped forward to help Kipa get his Jeep back. Greg Parry said he didn’t want the notoriety, he just wanted to help, and offered to pay the storage charges, if Parkside would give Kipa a break on the cost. They did.
Liimanti is a seasonal worker, and it is the time of year for him to be out looking for employment, so he needed to get his Jeep back.
“Everyday, it gets me back and forth to work, gets my son to his everyday activities, which is important. So the vehicle is very important.”
Parkside Auto’s manager Dave Spurback accepted Parry’s offer, and Kipa got his Jeep back, “We agreed to a figure on it, and he agreed to pay it and give the gentleman back his vehicle. We didn’t charge him the whole bill and hopefully everybody is happy.”
In exchange for paying the storage fees, Greg Parry only asked for one thing from Liimanti, that he will take this good deed, and “pay it forward”. The Cheektowaga dad agreed, although he could not set a timetable.
Kipa will carry on Parry’s generosity and be a good neighbor, in the “City of Good Neighbors”.