Cincinnati City Council members are proposing measures to protect car theft victims and they are starting by picking up the tab for a Bond Hill man's impound fees.
Michael Clark's car was stolen on March 14 and four days later authorities found it parked across town. Police realized it was a reported stolen vehicle and claimed they tried to get in touch with Clark.
Clark missed their call and authorities had the car towed to Russ Auto Body, a private lot contracted by the city due to full storage at Cincinnati City impound lot. It's been sitting there ever since racking up nearly $2,000 in fees.
Council members on Monday voted to pay the $2,000 to retrieve Clark's car. They said the city should not have a policy of making citizens pay fees on cars that were stolen through no fault of their own. Additionally, council motioned for alternative procedures to avoid levying a fee on victims of car theft.
Another hearing on the matter is planned where council said they will have a more general discussion on impounding and fees associated with stolen vehicles.
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