Garrett's Story


On Memorial weekend 2014, Garrett Anderson went grocery shopping at a local Wal-Mart in Kennesaw, GA. Garrett made the mistake of accidentally locking his keys in his car. Just like anyone else in this situation, Garrett googled local locksmiths. His search results lead him to call GA Lock And Key. Garrett was given a quote over the phone and had the dispatcher send the locksmith to his location.

When the locksmith arrived, he unlocked Garrett's car. After he rendered his services, Tansu Kanlica (the locksmith), proceeded to collect his money. But he wasn't trying to collect the amount that was originally quoted to Garrett, he had more than doubled the price. Mr Kanlica would not accept a credit or debit card payment. Garrett did not have enough money  on his person so the locksmith agreed to follow him to the Suntrust ATM.

While in route to the Suntrust ATM, the locksmith began driving erratically while following Garrett Anderson's car. The locksmith thought Garrett was trying to flee from him to avoid paying for his locksmith services. The locksmith proceeded to call 911. While on the phone with the 911 dispatcher, Tansu Kanlica (the locksmith) lost control of his car, striking 3 pedestrians on the sidewalk. He fled the seen. 2 of the pedestrians lost their lives and the 3rd pedestrian sustained severe injuries.  Garrett Anderson was not aware of the accident that occurred behind him.

Garrett Anderson was later arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and serious injury by vehicle. Tansu Kanlica (the locksmith) plead guilty to the deadly hit and run and accepted a plea deal to use his testimony against Garrett. Garrett was convicted in 2015 and sentenced to 45 years, with 20 to serve. 

At the time of Garrett's arrest and trial, he was unaware that the bait and switch scam was the regular business practice of GA Lock And Key. They have since been ordered to cease and desist in the state of Georgia.