BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Cheektowaga man says an impound lot wants $1,000+ to get back his recovered stolen car. The car was stolen in Buffalo, and recovered in Niagra Falls. The rightful owner, Kipa Liimonti says, the car sat in impound for 10 days before anyone called him to let him know it was recovered.
Liimonti says his first notification of the recovery came from the impound lot on March 16th.
He says ,”Hey I have your truck. I said what are you doing with my truck, my truck is stolen. I said what are you doing with my truck?”
But according to documents from Niagra Falls Police, the vehicle was recovered on March 6th. Officers spotted the car, a 2007 Jeep Cherokee, and pulled it over at the intersection of 16th St. and South Ave. The driver ran away, but was eventually arrested and charged. The car was towed away.
Initially, Liimonti says the impound lot asked for almost $500. At that point, he says the car was impounded, and accrued 10 days worth of charges. He says during that time he didn’t even know it was there, or even recovered.
Liimonti says if he just received a phone call, or notification of the recovery, he would have picked it up immediately. He added, “Both agencies admitted, when they find a stolen vehicle we call the owner. Both agencies admitted that procedure was not done.”
News 4 obtained documents from the case, and discrepancies were found.
One document labeled “NICB RECOVERY INFORMATION” says the vehicle was recovered on 3/17/16 by Buffalo City PD. But, the Niagra Falls police report says the vehicle was recovered on 3/6/16 by Niagra Falls officers.
Liimonti looked at the NICB document and said, “That wasn’t even updated until the day I started complaining.”
Liimonti says he now expects the impound fee is more than $1,000, which he can’t afford because he is a seasonal worker.
He says, “I just want me vehicle back, it’s the only right thing to do.”
News 4 reached out to the Buffalo Police Department. A spokesperson said the department will look into the matter.