Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Louisiana

Q: My vehicle was stolen on November 21st, on the 23rd the thief brought it to a scrap yard and got $150. I had a sale for

$4000. Thief only gave an id. It was nice, what can I do about this. Tags were new on the Jeep. Please get back to me. Also Jeep was insured, libility only.


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

A: Good morning, Kathy,

In your situation, where your vehicle was stolen and then scrapped, there are several steps you can take. First, it's crucial to report the theft to the police immediately if you haven't already. Provide them with all the details, including the information about the scrap yard transaction.

Since the vehicle was insured, even with liability only, inform your insurance company about the theft. They might have specific procedures for such incidents, and they can guide you on your coverage's limitations.

Regarding the scrapped vehicle, the scrap yard's actions, especially if they accepted the vehicle with minimal verification, might be questionable. You should discuss this with the police as part of your theft report. They might investigate the scrap yard's practices as part of their investigation into your vehicle's theft.

As the situation involves criminal activity and potential legal complexities, consider consulting with an attorney. They can provide advice specific to Louisiana law and help you understand your rights and options for seeking compensation or legal action against the responsible parties.

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