Tow truck returns car without tires, owner wants reimbursement
BATON ROUGE - A tow truck company is not saying much after it returned a car without wheels to an Ascension Parish man.
"I paid $1600 I pay for towing and storage and my vehicle doesn't have wheels on it?" Kwan Robinson asked Monday.
On Christmas Eve, Capitol Towing and Recovery of Baton Rouge brought back his 2004 Monte Carlo without the tires or rims and put the car on blocks at his Prairieville home.
Robinson's car was towed in October when he was arrested for outstanding warrants that stemmed from unpaid traffic tickets, he said.
He left the car in a private parking lot, and it got towed.
He waited until December to get his car because it took that long to save up the money to get the car out of impound, Robinson said.
"You do the crime. You do the time. I had traffic tickets. I went to jail. I went to court. I took care of them in front of a judge who released me," he said. "What about her punishment? Where are my wheels?"
Capitol Towing spoke with News 2 off-camera and said it had every right to keep the tires.
State law allows towing companies to start the process of taking over a car's title after 60 days in their possession.
Robinson paid for his car on day 77.
The tow company's spokesperson refused to answer if the company ever made the necessary steps to take over the car's title and would not show proper documentation to prove the car's title was in its name.
The spokesperson also would not say where the tires were. But she did admit the car came on the lot with tires.
Robinson claims the car is still registered to him and wants his tires back.
"If the vehicle was in your name, why would you sell it to me? Who would buy a vehicle with no tires on it?" he asked.