My vehicle was impounded and was never redeemed. Unfortunately it had a lot of personal possessions inside of it. Some of them belonging to a friend. I called up the tow operator to ask about the items. I was told that whomever won the auction got the vehicle and everything inside of it and that I was basically screwed.
Yesterday I learned that I was misinformed and that personal belongings are to be cleared out of auction vehicles and handed over to the police. The police are supposed to inform the owner and retain the items for at least 60 days.
I was not informed by the police and naturally this was nearly a year ago! Do I have any recourse against the tow operator for feeding me full of BS contributing to the loss of the items?
Or the cops for not informing me?
Naturally this was nearly a year ago? Unfortunately, a year later you have little to no recourse against anybody. These things happen when vehicles are impounded. Best to avoid the impound in the first place. Towing companies are virtually impervious in these situations.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--Former Prosecutor--20 years experience.
Unfortunately, after a year, you probably do not have any recourse, especially if you have no evidence, other than a verbal conversation.
You may be able to file a complaint with the police with regard to not having been informed, but this won't get the property back, and probably wouldn't go anywhere after such a long time.
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