Police don't tell Flat Rock woman her stolen car was found & it racked up thousands in impound fees
7:01 PM, Jan 16, 2014
FLAT ROCK, Mich. (WXYZ) - A Flat Rock woman has her car stolen but police did not tell her they recovered it for five months, and during that time it racked up thousands in storage fees at the impound lot.
"Oh it was terrible. I cried and cried," said Yvonne Vogt.
When someone stole her 1997 pink Dodge Neon, similar to the one in the picture, back in August, Yvonne thought her car was gone forever.
"I couldn't believe somebody took my pink car!" said Yvonne.
So when Flat Rock police called her a few days ago to say they found it, Yvonne was thrilled, until she talked with Troy's Towing in Detroit holding her car.
"She said, we've had the car for four months. And I said, what?"
That's right, Yvonne's car had been sitting at the tow yard since September 13. By now the car had racked up a two-thousand dollar bill.
"I couldn't believe it, I just couldn't believe it. I said, i don't have two thousand dollars. I can't, i can't get my car," said Yvonne.
Shortly after her car was stolen Yvonne had given up on her car and borrowed money from her sister to buy and repair a used Ford Taurus.
"Why didn't they call me? They knew where my car was," said Yvonne.
Flat Rock police were notified by Detroit police the car had been found, but a flat rock police officer missed the notification in September and the car got lost in the shuffle.
"I just kept saying, I just want my car, why didn't you call me?"
Flat rock police admitted their mistake and paid all the storage fees for the vehicle, but sadly, it still left Yvonne with $240 in tow yard fees.
"All they had to do was tell me where my car was and they didn't do it," said Yvonne.
Yvonne will finally get her car back today. The tow yard waived her fees and released her car.