City run-around regarding a stolen 't...

City run-around regarding a stolen 'toter'

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hannah

Westbrook, ME

#1 May 5, 2011
I just purchased a home in Westbrook. It had been empty for two years, and in that time one of the totes was stollen from the property. The entire time I was considering the house, only one tote was there.

Now that I own the home, I call the city and ask how do I go about replacing the tote that is missing. I was told it's quite an ordeal (paraphrasing) to replace a missing tote, and they cost SO much ($40 -/+)!! And she added "You'll need to file a theft report with the police." WTF??? I mean really, I didn't even know the property exisited when the tote went missing. How on earth is this my responsibility? Ok, so I'm a good doobie and just now call the Police station and they say I have to come down to the station to file a report.:\

The woman at the city told me the totes do not belong to the owner, but to the property (duh). The tote was stolen under the ownership of Wells Fargo, not myself. Wouldn't it follow then that Wells Fargo (represented by Century 21) should have filed the report long ago? And since they failed to do so, should not the city have some "Plan B" in effect for such circumstances?

Is it even legal to file a stolen property report when you didn't own the property when it was stolen? I'd think not.

The woman said she'd issue a request for the missing tote, but it's been 3 weeks and guess what? No replaced tote. It's required to have these suckers now....they make things SO easy, don't they?

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