A Horn Lake wrecker company said they were stuck between a rock and a hard place. They towed a four-wheeler for the police department, but the police department said would not help them get the needed information to release the four-wheeler to its owners until WREG stepped in.
Mississippi has laws put in place where we have to make a good confidence effort to release any piece of property to its rightful owner, said Robert’s towing.
Here are what Roberts towing owner said happened: on last week, Horn Lake Police chased a 4-wheeler in the area of Leslie Cove and Jordan Drive. Police then had Roberts Towing pick up the 4-wheeler.
Then a few days ago, somebody came to pick up the 4-wheeler, but the VIN number on the 4-wheeler has been scratched off, something Roberts said he needs to have if he is going to lawfully release the quad.
We have gotta keep a sure level of reliability going for this business, Roberts said. But he said police Chief Darryl Whaley told him to release it anyway, something Roberts refused to do.
I explain to them I could not release it to them because I did not have a VIN number on the 4 wheeler, said Roberts. WREG tracked down Chief Whaley, who said in 25 years, he is never had a problem with a wrecking service and at first thought the whole issue was not a huge deal.
It look like they have got a attractive good paper trail, it’s a 15-year-old 4-wheeler, its worth about $500, so I called the wrecker service and asked them to release it to the guy, Whaley said.
On Wednesday afternoon, Horn Lake Police went and picked up the 4-wheeler. Said Whaley his department will now be attractive the 4-wheeler and investigating who the owner is. We are fixin’ to decide who the equitable owner is, he said.