Truck-theft victim looking for answers
Man found his stolen vehicle by chance at a scrapyard
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.