Getting your car repossessed is never fun, but it appears the New York Police Department is targeting a man who attempted to repo a detective’s car.
According to NY1, Jose Rodriguez was driving around near a police station when he spotted a Nissan Maxima that was wanted by a bank because the owner had missed three payments. While this should have been a relatively routine recovery, it turned into a nightmare.
Rodriguez told the station that he logged the car into the system and then loaded it onto his tow truck. As he was about to walk into the station and notify police about the recovery, he was reportedly stopped by an officer and an off-duty sergeant who informed him he taking a police officer’s car.
Jose Rodriguez's tow truck has been unusable for nearly two weeks, immobilized after officers put an orange boot on it…
They reportedly boxed Rodriguez in and told him to unload the vehicle. The owner allegedly showed up shortly thereafter and said he’d make the payments. However, Rodriguez told him “once a car is on the tow truck and logged in, it’s the bank’s property.”
That’s when things took a bad turn as Rodriguez was arrested for being in possession of stolen property – the detective’s car. The group of officers then the unloaded the Maxima and took Rodriguez to jail, where he spent more than 20 hours in custody.
The stolen property charge was quickly dropped, but it was replaced with charges of “falsifying documents and possession of police scanners.” Rodriguez denies those allegations, but his truck is still being held hostage two weeks after the incident.
A follow up report by NY1 said police couldn’t give them an explanation as to why Rodriguez can’t reclaim his tow truck. That seems a little fishy, but the NYPD has now confirmed there’s an “internal review” into the incident.
Rodriguez is eager to get the situation resolved as he told the station the loss of his truck is costing him thousands of dollars in earnings. He also says police haven’t returned his phone, laptop, cameras or iPad.