Metro-East woman's stolen car could not be fixed because police did not file report


by staff

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 27 at 6:31 AM

EAST ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A Metro-East woman who had her car stolen says she is being held hostage because police have been dragging their feet.

Anita Whigham says she still has vivid memories of the day her van disappeared on September 16.

The vehicle had been stolen right out of her driveway. Police found it the next day, but it was damaged.

It was taken to a repair shop in Cahoka, but Whigham could not get it fixed yet because the insurance company needed a police report, which had yet to be filed.

“They don’t have anything to go on. The police report to go on, it’s not complete,” said Whigham.

An East St. Louis police officer was at Whigham’s house the morning the car was stolen more than two months ago.

“The police report is not complete, and I’ve been calling every day, or every other day for the police report, but it’s still not complete,” said Whigham.

No report means no insurance money, which means no repairs.

“I’ve been renting rent-a-cars,” Whigham said. “Everything’s coming out of pocket.  It’s got me in a bind right now.”

News 4 contacted East St. Louis Police Chief Mike Floore, who said the problem is news to him.

“I don’t know anything about this until you and I talked,” Floore told News 4’s Mike Colombo. “But again, this is unacceptable to be done three months later, it’s unacceptable.”

Within minutes, the chief found the report and called Wigham personally.

“You can come by my office,” Floore told her. “I have this report for you, I will give it to you at no cost.”

Floore says his department is often short-staffed, but added it was no excuse for taking two months to get a report out.