Lawsuit: Man accuses Bremerton police of allowing stolen SUV to be auctionedOctober 10th, 2011 by josh farley
A man has filed a lawsuit against Bremerton police alleging that the department allowed a stolen SUV to be purchased at an auction.
Why does he care? Because he bought the SUV.
His lawyer says in court documents that the Washington State Patrol came knocking this past summer after he’d purchased the SUV. Informing him it was stolen, they seized the vehicle — though he had paid for it.
The lawsuit says the SUV was seized “during the course of drug enforcement activity,” by Bremerton police. Eventually, it was put on the auction block.
“The Bremerton Police Department knew or should have known that the vehicle was a stolen vehicle prior to the point in time in which it offered the vehicle for sale at public auction to the general public,” the lawyer wrote in documents filed Sept. 21.
The city will provide a response to the lawsuit, according to assistant city attorney Mark Koontz. In the meantime, its attorneys are still gathering evidence, he said. I’ll keep you posted.