Woman wants PPB to pay for stolen Dodge

Erica Battles reported her car stolen, but it ended up on the lot of a car dealership. Now, she wants answers, May 20, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Erica Battles reported her car stolen, but it ended up on the lot of a car dealership. Now, she wants answers, May 20, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — After her Dodge Magnum was stolen in October, Erica Battles said she called the Portland police.

She said she let her boyfriend borrow the car, but it was his cousin who stole it. Months later, her car was found at a dealership and was about to be sold.

A KOIN 6 News story found the Dodge was listed as abandoned, and according to documents, the tow truck company followed the correct protocol.

But Battles battle is with the police.

Erica Battles reported her car stolen, but it ended up on the lot of a car dealership. Now, she wants answers, May 20, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Erica Battles reported her car stolen, but it ended up on the lot of a car dealership. Now, she wants answers, May 20, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

“The big issue to me is that my vehicle was stolen, it doesn’t matter how, the fact is that it was,” she said. “I made the report like I was supposed to. I was informed they would contact me. I hear nothing.”

She hired an attorney to fight the case, arguing the PPB had a legal duty to tell her when the car was found.

The attorney wants the city to get the car back or compensate her on the value of the car — $8731.50.

Officials with PPB would not go into detail about this case, but referred back to what they told KOIN 6 News on May 20

On that day, PPB Sgt. Pete Simpson said they didn’t contact her because, “well, we wouldn’t notify her unless the car was stolen.”

Police said it’s a grey situation. Since she loaned her car to her boyfriend it’s not considered a criminal act.

Battles’ attorney asked the city to resolve the matter within 30 days.

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