How a legally towed vehicle in a Richmond neighborhood was misidentified as a theft


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Thursday, the Richmond Police Department said an unlicensed tow truck was used to steal a vehicle in Richmond. Later that night, they said the vehicle was lawfully towed.

A surveillance camera caught the tow truck on video taking an SUV in the Davee Gardens neighborhood on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 24. The video showed the truck didn’t have any logos or lettering, which RPD said is required by state code for tow trucks for hire.

RPD said its officers were following procedure for a reported stolen vehicle, and information provided by the tow company was not immediately forwarded to the department.

“Therefore, RPD officers and detectives were not made aware the vehicle had been lawfully towed while investigating the missing vehicle,” RPD said in its statement.

While investigating the report of a stolen vehicle, police released the surveillance video to “alert the public to the potential safety issue,” just before 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 28. The department sent an update saying the incident wasn’t a theft 7:13 p.m.

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