I answered an ad on Craiglist and had my antique truck delivered to the auto shop and met with a person who said he was the owner. We agreed on a price to have some work done and the time limit would be three to four weeks. He said he would also call me weekly and give me updates. On the 29th day of my vehicle being in his possession, I received a phone call and found out he was not the owner of the shop, that he had taken my truck from the shop and he and his girlfriend were using it for their personal, everyday lives, told people it was theirs, etc. There are numerous witnesses to his actions and he is on video.
I also gave him $1,000 down and I believe it was two weeks later, gave him another $700. The owner of the shop was closing his business and this employee was fully aware of that. When the owner saw the truck, he asked what it was doing there and why this employee and taken in new jobs. The employee said it belonged to a big biker and he had agreed to just put a few hoses on. The next day, the owner found the truck gone. He wondered how that could be, since the day before he had taken all the keys to all vehicles on the property, and he went by the employee's house and he had the truck.
The owner told the employee he needed to bring the truck back to the shop and give him the name and number of the owner, and he would not do it so the owner called the police to report a stolen vehicle. The officer told him he could not report the theft, that the owner of the truck needed to do it. The owner explained this employee had taken all paperwork on it and didn't know who that was. The employee refused to let the police do a VIN check or come on his property.
The following day, I found my truck with the help of the owner and when the police were called, they would not arrest the employee for taking the vehicle, nor arrest him for pocketing the money down for the work which should have been deposited in the shop account and told us it was a civil matter. I am speechless. How can this be? This is insanity!