Man arrested for selling fake parking tickets downtown

Man arrested for selling fake parking tickets downtown (Image 1)

A man Metro police have charged more than a dozen times for selling invalid paid parking lot tickets to people downtown was arrested again Friday night after police say someone reported him for once again attempting to sell fraudulent parking tickets.

Police received a complaint around 10:35 p.m. from the man who oversees vehicle booting operations at Eagle Parking near 2nd Avenue South and Broadway.

The man reported he pulled into the lot and Larrie Carroll, 57, waved him in as if he was working as an attendant.

The man told Carroll to stay where he was while he called police.

When officers arrived, they allegedly found 23 counterfeit parking tickets in Carroll's hand, along with a small amount of cash consistent with the sale of illegal tickets.

At least one car in the parking lot had a matching ticket and had actually been booted for having the incorrect ticket.

Carroll was arrested for possessing counterfeit tickets and attempting to defraud individuals.

Arrest records show Carroll has been charged 16 other times for selling fraudulent parking lot tickets. His latest arrest was February 17 for criminal trespass. At the time of his arrest, the affidavit stated Carroll had a pocket full of expired parking tickets.

“It is usually the same guys over and over,” Metro Nashville Central Precinct Sgt. John Borque said. “They are wide spread, but we are always on the lookout for it and the bike officers are always on the lookout for it.”

For visitors to Nashville, the operation could make them an easy target. Tonya Drees and her family are visiting from Arkansas.

“I typically trust people, so I would definitely trust someone like that,” she said. “It is new. I have never experienced something like that before.”

Even for people who live in Nashville, knowing who is a real parking lot attendant and who isn't can be difficult.

“It seems to be very loose as far as if the guy is authorized,” Lynn Morrow said. “It is hard for even somebody like me who is a local to know.”

Sgt. Borque said drivers should pay attention to what the parking lot attendant is wearing.

“All of them should have a polo shirt with the name of the company on it or some type of company identification,” he said.

He also said people should be suspicious of attendants who will not let them pay at the pay station as an option or allow the driver to park for less money than the posted price at the parking lot.

Police stress that if you think someone is fraudulently selling parking passes should call 615-862-8600.

For his latest arrest Carroll is charged with criminal simulation. He was booked into the Metro jail on $15,000 bond.

Carroll is due in court Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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