Cahokia police take Metro-East woman’s car, refuse to give it back

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by Mike Colombo / News 4 Investigates

KMOV.com

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Updated Friday, May 2 at 5:46 PM

(KMOV) – Cahokia police say they confiscated a Metro-East woman’s car and refused to give it back, forcing her to pay for the storage of the vehicle.

“I don’t think it was even lawful,” said Sherita Hines. “And now I have to pay $330 for storage.”

Hines says she hasn’t been able to get her car back because Cahokia police won’t release it from a tow lot and the more time it’s in the lot, the more money Hines has to pay.

Cahokia police said the St. Louis Police Department had a hold on the vehicle in connection with a robbery, but after Hines called the St. Louis Police Department, they said there was never any hold on the vehicle.

“You have to worry about enough people stealing your car, but if the police can take your car and you have not done anything wrong, you have a special insecurity if you can’t trust the police,” Hines said.

Cahokia police said the reason the car was stopped was for possible crime connections, all of which were unfounded. However, that’s why it wasn’t towed. According to authorities, the vehicle was towed because the friend who borrowed Hines’ car didn’t have a driver’s license.

Officers say they should have released Hines’ car to her when she came to get it the night of the tow.

Cahokia police did pay for some of Hines’ impound fee while it was taken away.

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