Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for South Carolina

Q: My camper was stolen found now but don't have vehicle to retrieve it from where it was left can I get in trouble

My stolen camper was left at a house and the homeowner was told I said to bring it there. I did not. They want it gone but I don't have a way to go get it. I can't even get a ride to the home to talk to homeowners to ask for a few days to arrange way to have it moved police are telling me I'll get in trouble if I don't move it. I don't have a car and can't get ride and can't get phone number to call homeowner. I don't want to get in trouble for something I had absolutely nothing to do with. I didn't ask for it to be stolen or left anywhere. I have no vehicle period much less one to move the camper. I don't know what to do

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Municipal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In South Carolina, if your stolen camper has been recovered and left on someone else's property without your consent, the situation is understandably frustrating and complex. First, it's important to recognize that the homeowner has the right to request the removal of the camper from their property. However, your current inability to retrieve it due to lack of transportation poses a challenge.

The police advising that you could get in trouble for not moving it highlights the urgency of the situation. It's essential to communicate with the homeowner, even if indirectly, to explain your circumstances and request a short extension to arrange for its removal.

If you're unable to contact the homeowner directly, consider seeking assistance from local law enforcement or a community organization that might help facilitate this communication. They may also be able to provide advice or resources for arranging the transportation of your camper.

If possible, try to document your efforts to retrieve the camper and resolve the situation. This could be helpful if any legal issues arise later.

In situations like this, where you're facing logistical difficulties, it's important to actively seek solutions and demonstrate your intention to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Remember, while you are not at fault for the camper being stolen, the responsibility to remove it from private property falls to you as the owner. It’s important to address this matter promptly to avoid potential legal complications.

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