Call for Action: Who pays to reclaim a stolen vehicle?

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- A Call for Action investigation continues.

WINK News promised you answers after a Charlotte County Food Bank was charged big money to get back their stolen trailer.

So, who is responsible for the bill?

A captain with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office tells WINK News they tried multiple times to contact Discipleship Driven Ministries with no luck until January 15th, and are not responsible for any towing fees.

Reverend Alexander Scott contacted WINK News after he was told he would need to pay $669 to get his stolen food bank trailer back from Prompt Towing.

On Monday, we got more than $400 taken off that bill, but Rev. Scott still has to pay $180.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office handled the case.

Officials say typically in cases like this, they will call the vehicle’s owner telling them to come get the car. If the owner can’t pick it up in a timely matter, the car is towed, and that cost is then billed to the vehicle’s owner.

In Rev. Scott’s case, the sheriff’s office says they tried to call, and visit Scott but they were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, Rev. Scott says he only got one call and it was not made clear at the time, that he was allowed to pick the trailer up.

The trailer is still sitting at Prompt Towing because the organization hasn’t been able to pay the remainder of the towing bill.


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