Woman says she watched thieves steal her car using a tow truck

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 5, 2015)– Around 2 a.m. last Thursday morning was the last time Tanicka Turner saw her car. Unsure of why a tow truck driver picked up her car, she immediately called the city auto vendor. There was no record of her car being towed by police.

“My mom heard a noise out back and when she finally got up she saw my car was on a flatbed and being towed away,” said Turner. Just like that, her 2009 Chevrolet Impala was gone.

Turner knew she was in good standing with her car loan company, but she called them the next morning just to be sure.

“They were like, ‘No, we don’t even have anybody with a repossession on file in your area.’ I’m like, ‘Are you sure?’ I called them like four or five times–they’re like, ‘No, it’s definitely not us,'” said Turner.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police said tow truck car thefts aren’t uncommon and they’ve seen these cases before.

“An on-duty tow truck driver went through one of our apartment complexes (and) hooked a car up like you would expect a tow driver to do if they were towing the vehicle. Turns out he, through our investigation, he actually stole the vehicle illegally from our victim,” said Lt. Richard Riddle.

Police say if you or your neighbors see a tow truck driver taking a car in your neighborhood, this is a reminder to pay close attention.

“Look out to see what writing is on the side of the tow truck. It is required by ordinance for all tow trucks in Indianapolis to have the name and phone number of the tow company attached to it for this very reason,” said Riddle.

IMPD is investigating Turner’s case. She does have insurance and will file a claim to get a new car. Unfortunately, she only had six payments left on her previous vehicle.

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