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Tow Company Suspected of Illegal Impounding

The owner and an employee of Tri-County Towing and Transport were jailed Thursday for towing vehicles off private property.

A tow company is suspected of snagging vehicles off private property, towing them to an impound yard, then forcing the owners to pay fees to get the cars back even though no parking violations were committed, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Manuel G. Delgadillo, the company owner, and employee Gino J. Bettencourt had allegedly been conspiring in the scheme. They were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, conspiracy and embezzlement Thursday morning, according to the CHP.

CHP officers and Watsonville police detectives involved in the SCARE team—a group that handles auto theft issues in the county—investigated the case after receiving complaints about the tow company's practices, according to the CHP.

Bail for both men was set at $25,000.

The tow company's office and yard is located at Soquel and 7th avenues, just outside of Santa Cruz city limits.

Kinyl May 26, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Are you stating facts, about the spousal abuse and the man's being a thief? Are you personally aware of this? I am not fond of this particular towing company, and I believe what they have been doing is definitely thivery. I hope all who have been scammed by this towing company get their fees back plus compensation. I'm not a fan of frivolous lawsuits, but I think, in this case, there is definite cause.
c dettore May 29, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I need help with this . They stole my truck right out of this lady friend s driveway by the time she got a hold of me This nice man at tri county told me it was 2000 dollars. To get it he yelled at me and then told me that they all ready crushed it my dad gave it to me he purchased it at ocean Chevrolet in 1977 it was all original with 22000 mile s on it if any body can help dettoree@yahoo.com
GoGoGoddess May 30, 2012 at 08:04 PM
My car was towed from the lot in Capitola by Britannia Arms. The meter was out of order. They said that I parked there before the meter was marked "out of order". Total lie. I guess they think I just parked there and hoped the meter would become out of order. The out of order sign was visible from my car so I didn't go up to the meter. This had happened before and when I called they said I could park there free since they had no way of charging me. When I saw the out of order sign I assumed the same applied. However, I guess if you park there they will tow you no matter what. DON'T PARK THERE!!! They have vehicles planted there to make the parking area look safe to park.
GoGoGoddess May 30, 2012 at 08:05 PM
...so how do I go about getting my $400 back?
peter coles October 09, 2012 at 06:32 AM
their main yard is just a mile awaqy from the food bank in Watsonville.

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