Truck-theft vic­tim look­ing for an­swers

Man found his stolen ve­hi­cle by chance at a scrap­yard

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - YOUR ESSENTIAL DAILY NEWS - Brodie Thomas Metro | Cal­gary

It’s been three weeks since David Lawrence found most of his stolen truck at a Cal­gary scrap­yard.

Al­though he now has his truck back, he’s still wait­ing on any an­swers as to what hap­pened, or who will be charged.

“I’ve called peo­ple, I’ve left mes­sages, I’ve left emails and voice­mails,” he said.

Lawrence said he hasn’t had a re­sponse back from any­one — in­clud­ing po­lice or gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

Cal­gary po­lice told Metro the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

Lawrence has ar­gued that a sim­ple and free VIN check through the Cana­dian Po­lice In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre (CPIC) sys­tem would’ve alerted the work­ers at Pick N Pull that his truck had been re­ported stolen.

Colin Kelly, spokesman for Pick N Pull, said the com­pany pur­chased Lawrence’s truck based on all ap­pro­pri­ate pa­per­work and in ac­cor­dance with all le­gal re­quire­ments.

“We had no ba­sis to be­lieve that this ve­hi­cle was stolen and co-op­er­ated fully with the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to in­ves­ti­gate this mat­ter,” he said. “All ve­hi­cles pur­chased with­out a ti­tle or reg­is­tra­tion are VIN checked to val­i­date they’re not stolen.”

Metro con­tacted the Al­berta Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try Coun­cil to see if that reg­u­la­tory body planned to take ac­tion against the 52 Street Pick N Pull.

Lynette MacLeod, man­ager of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ed­u­ca­tion for AMVIC said the 52 Street lo­ca­tion was not a reg­is­tered AMVIC mem­ber three weeks ago, but is now.

Det. David Bai­ley with the CPS auto theft re­source team noted there are gaps with the prov­ince’s pa­per­work re­quire­ments on ve­hi­cle sales which make theft eas­ier.

He said the bill of sale needs to be more like an af­fi­davit. Cur­rently, the prov­ince has a bill of sale form avail­able for down­load from the web­site.

Items that are rec­om­mended but not re­quired to note on the bill in­clude phone num­bers of all peo­ple in­volved, sig­na­tures of wit­nesses, pay­ment method, and ve­hi­cle rereg­is­tra­tion

“Let’s say I had just bought that truck for $100. You’d be sure they’d put me in hand­cuffs for pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty,” he said.

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