John Marshall Lee provides an update on Linda Lee’s towed van.
A good day to see what Acting Chief AJ Perez has arranged for Ms. Linda Lee in order to recover her van towed as authorized by Police Department. (This was the Silver Ford Econoline Van that was registered, plates were on, taxes paid, and insurance covered, parked in front of her home for the day when it was stickered by Police as Abandoned.) She had gone to Jim’s Auto on Kossuth promptly after June 6 to find that it would cost her $250 plus $25 per day to ransom the kidnapped auto. She came to the next Council.
I met Ms. Lee at June 16 City Council and introduced her to Chief AJ Perez. She recounted her story. It seemed the Chief understood the story that evening. He promised a call the following day. That would have been June 17. Today it’s August 14 and Jim of Jim’s Auto told us, in person, he has never received a call from the Chief on this matter. Jim did not remember the van at all until date, silver van not gray, and VIN # confirmed his possession at one time as well as his firm’s request (30 days later) of the Police Department to “crush” the vehicle showed up on paperwork in his office. It is paper to be filled out and sometimes filed, not modern technology, but today it showed up to confirm Ms. Lee’s story.
Ms. Lee had an email from the Chief yesterday, telling her about today and that is why we showed up. (I was ready to take a happy picture.) Was the Chief driving Ganim2 as Governor Candidate around the State today? Wasted time today. If process is followed the van worth at least $3,000, used in her employment activity, and having received $2,000 of repairs in May-June, was crushed.
Ms. Lee will try the Chief’s office again tomorrow, August 15, 2018 and learn his response. Or she will see him at the Police Commissioner’s Meeting next Tuesday evening as she is on the Agenda. Is this the way to make friends, influence people, serve and protect the people and proudly manage public safety activities in Bridgeport? Time will tell.