SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –
Daniel Parker owns American Recovery, a repossession service and auto repair shop on Kearney Street near Fremont Avenue. Daniel says he also buys cars to fix up and resell.
Wednesday morning, police served a search warrant at his business, looking for stolen cars. At the same time, police also raided a pawn shop just down the street owned by Parker’s friend. He says the businesses are unrelated.
Parker says police came to his business specifically looking for an Audi sedan. Parker says the car was reported stolen by the person who sold him the car.
“We absolutely, positively did not steal it and we have the paperwork to prove it,” Parker said on Saturday.
Police seized 16 cars from Parker’s business, but he says none of them were stolen. Parker says two of the cars that police took belong to his customers.
“They were here for repairs, and I do have the signed work orders on those vehicles,” said Parker.
Parker is upset his customers are now caught up in the investigation.
“I’m having to explain to my customers why they have to go get their cars out of the impound.”
Parker admits to mistakes with how he handled the titles of some of his cars.
“They were in various stages of repair and we had just not filed the titles on them. I am in the wrong for that, I do understand that.”
Parker says it was an honest mistake and he’ll do the correct paperwork in the future.
Parker says police took the paperwork that will prove there was no stolen property on his lot.
“The police department has a job to do and I cooperated with them fully and I totally understand their job, but my issue is the damage they did to the property while they were doing it,” he said.
He says police and tow-truck operators damaged some of his cars and at least one that belongs to a customer. He claims he was detained inside his office and not permitted to observe or help police move his property.
“Coming up here and tearing my vehicles apart and not allowing me to be present while they’re tearing my vehicles apart — I don’t think was the correct way to handle it.”
Springfield Police responded to the accusations by issuing the following statement:
“All procedures were performed properly at American Recovery earlier this week. The owner chose to and was allowed to stay on scene while the search warrant was being conducted. We are unaware of any damages to property that was removed from the lot as well as any complaints from the owner for how we executed the search warrant. All vehicles seized were taken with legal backing, and he will have the opportunity at a later date to provide proper paperwork to prove ownership. We cannot yet provide investigative details, but documents from the search warrant will be available publicly within the next week.”
Parker says he believes he’ll be vindicated, and that all 16 vehicles seized by police will be returned to him.
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