Man says Kinloch police would not investigate after car stolen

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 17 at 6:21 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A St. Louis-area man said his car was stolen and tracked down at a salvage yard behind a police station, but he can’t get it back and police won’t do anything about it.

Michael Kemp said his car was stolen Sunday night by two men outside a convenience store in Moline Acres.

“As I get ready to put the key in the door, one pushes me and the other takes the key, jumps in and takes off,” said Kemp.

Kemp called police and Paylater Auto Sales, where he bought the vehicle. They tracked the car to Complete Auto Savage in Kinloch, which claimed someone sold the vehicle to them. Kinloch police, who sit right next door to the salvage yard, wouldn’t investigate.

“The salvage yard said they’d sell it to me for $500...and the Kinloch Police Department wouldn’t do their job,” Kemp said.

Because Kemp bought and financed the car through Paylater, they hold the title and are technically the owner. Only Paylater has the legal right to sell the car, something Complete Salvage would’ve known had they made the proper checks.

When News 4 informed Moline Acres police that the stolen was located, they contacted Kinloch police, who agreed to check into it.

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