When 80 year old Natalie Aleo's 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass was stolen from in front of her Wilkes Barre City home on December 10, it was quickly recovered by Plymouth Police on December 11, who in turn contacted City Police, to inform them, that they had captured their stolen vehicle.
The car was then picked up by LAG Towing, but Mrs. Aleo was not notified by either City Police or LAG for weeks.
Glodzik said he came across Aleo’s car while moving cars around on his lot. Then questioned his lot manage as to where the car came from, and was told it’s been here awhile. After finding identification papers in the car, he called and she came to the lot, he said.
- Doesn’t LAG maintain towing records, NOW?
- I know they haven’t in the past, but one would think with all the controversy over his poor record keeping, he would have some documentation as to how a 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass mysteriously showed up on his lot.
Tony George, council vice chairman, acknowledged Saturday other people might raise the issue before he does.
- “I believe something was done wrong,” he said.
I believe your on to something here Tony, I mean the City Police didn’t call the victim of a crime to let her know her car had been recovered, and then LAG had to rifle through her car, after stumbling upon it on his extremely huge lot, for identification papers, because he apparently is still not maintain records.
- Ya I would say more than a few something(s) was done wrong!!
Charlotte Raup, president of the Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch Coalition got involved when Mrs. Aleo’s neighbor informed Raup, that LAG kept her car because she couldn’t pay the $2,000 storage fee. Mrs. Aleo wasn’t allowed to even see her car, nor retrieve her Bingo chips, said her neighbor.
The neighbor’s story was confirmed by Mrs. Aleo when she spoke with Raup.
- Leo, did you let Mrs. Aleo see her car, or get her personal belongings?
Glodzik said Aleo asked him a hypothetical question: what it would cost to get her car out of storage. “Ma’am, it would be like $2,000,”
- Leo, why in the world would it ever be like $2,000 if, your words: Glodzik disputed Raup’s account of his dealing with Aleo. “We don’t charge the victim of a crime,” he said. “She didn’t pay anything.”
Aleo gave Glodzik the title of the car, which he said had a blown engine and was not worth repairing.
- So you see Leo, she did pay something, she gave you the title to her car, that still had at least scrap value.
It was not known how the engine might have become damaged, stated the Times Leader.
- Good point since it was apprehended in Plymouth just the next day.
“This lady had no idea why the mayor was calling her,” Leighton said. Aleo told him she was “perfectly happy” with LAG, he said, and did not know why it was an issue.
Well Your Lordship, let's break it down for you: Mrs. Aleo who is 80, was faced with either paying LAG $2,000 for storage, and then a towing fee, to take the vehicle that she believed to have a blown engine to a mechanic of her choice.
So she was “perfectly happy” surrendering her title to LAG, and having the whole thing dropped.
- So your right Mayor Lie-A-Ton she was “perfectly happy” being a trusting, sweet, elderly woman, who didn't know who, or what, she was really dealing with.
Wake Up Wilkes Barre