Towing Company Gives Thieves Back Seized Car Full Of Stolen Goods

Early last month, an alert Lake City man called police after seeing burglary suspects at his neighbors’ house, one carrying a half-full pillowcase.

Dispatchers broadcast their car description to North Seattle patrol officers, and one driving south on Interstate 5 saw the suspects’ black Chevy Cavalier. He arrested the men on Northeast 45th Street and reported seeing the victims’ belongings stuffed in a pillowcase in the car’s backseat.

But a day after their arrest, the victims’ property was gone again – this time to an acquaintance of one the burglary suspects because of a clerical mistake.

“The simple fact is we released the car before we should have,” Lincoln manager Chuck Labertew said Wednesday. “This was an honest clerical mistake.”