(KMOV) – Police say a new Missouri law is helping thieves get away with stealing vehicles.
The scheme involves a pickup truck towing a vehicle that the owner never called to have towed.
According to police, it was sold for scrap.
Last August, House Bill 1150 went into effect and was intended to allow rural landowners to get rid of abandoned vehicles on their property.
It allows people to sell an inoperable car, ten years old, without a title. Criminals are using the word ‘inoperable’ to their advantage.
"So what you're saying is tow truck drivers are driving around looking for cars that may have a flat? Absolutely,” said Master Patrol Officer James Schriever with the Kansas City Police Department. ]
Police say towers can get up to $500 for each car, and auto thefts are up about 36 percent in St. Louis and 17 percent in Kansas City since this law went into effect.