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News 4 Investigates: Former police officer sues tow company and wins

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Auto Control Inc illegally towed the cars of Kim Rhodes and her brother in downtown St. Louis in April. Credit: KMOV Auto Control Inc illegally towed the cars of Kim Rhodes and her brother in downtown St. Louis in April. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV/AP) -

A retired Illinois State Highway Patrol Officer says a St. Louis tow company owes her nearly $800.

On April 2, 2017 Kim Rhodes and her brother attended the Cardinals opening day and paid a lot attendant $20 each to park their cars.

According to Rhodes both vehicles were parked along a curb near Rally's along South Broadway.

Paying customers were given a Rally's bag to place on their dashboards to prove they paid. 

After the game Rhodes and her brother attempted to retrieve their vehicles when they learned their cars were towed by Auto Control.

Rhodes says the lot attendant told the tow truck driver not to take the vehicles, but the driver said "I don't care. I'm an independent tow company. I need to make money when I can." 

After making numerous unanswered calls to Auto Control, Rhodes and her brother were forced to find a ride home to Effingham, Illinois during the early morning hours of April 3, 2017. 

Later that day, Rhodes returned to St. Louis and Auto Control where a man named "Rick" told her she needed to pay $380 cash to retrieve her car. 

Rhodes questioned the amount but ultimately paid because she needed her vehicle.

Her brother paid the same amount to retrieve his vehicle. 

Rhodes documented her experience and snapped photos showing there were no signs warning about illegal parking or tow zones at the time her car was taken.

On August 7, Rhodes and her brother were awarded a court judgment totaling $760 against Auto Control.

The judgment remains unpaid. 

"First time I called he said call me back I don't have any money," Rhodes recalled. 

According to the city of St. Louis. Auto Control does operate with an active business license. 

News 4 attempted to reach Auto Control representatives in person and over the phone, but nobody with the company has explained why Rhodes isn't getting paid on the court judgment. 

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