Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Three Arrested for Illegally Towing Vehicles in CA

Here's an excerpt from the Ventura County Star:

Oxnard police have arrested three people on suspicion of robbery and grand theft auto after an investigation of alleged illegal towing practices.

Two of those arrested — Bryan Keith Eckenrode, 30, of Ojai and Bryan Linnaeus Booher, 32, of Camarillo — are tow-truck drivers for Buena Towing of Ventura, police said. The third, Tanya Marie Miranda, 30, of Oxnard, is a security guard for Gold Coast Security in Ventura, which provided security at several privately owned parking lots where some of the tows occurred, according to police.

The Friday arrests came after a nine-week investigation by Oxnard police of alleged "predatory towing," in which a towing company illegally removes vehicles and sometimes overcharges to release them to their owners, police said.

The state passed a law against such practices in 2007 to protect consumers, Oxnard traffic Sgt. Randey Cole said Monday.

Read the full story here.

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