Maryland Car Thieves Protected by ‘Abandoned Car’ Law (Video)


Who’s writing these laws that are supposed to protect us?  We’ve seen the horrendous flaws of the “Stand Your Ground” law in the Trayvon Martin case.  We’ve also seen children arrested because police call themselves following the law.  What law condones this?  Now citizens are being victimized by yet another law that allows folks to steal your car?

In Maryland, local NBC affiliate WBAL-Team sent their investigative team to check out a long-running scheme that has allowed car thieves and an auto salvage yard called Crazy Ray’s to profit from stolen cars.  

This is how it works:  Your car hasn’t been running.  You plan to get it fixed, so you keep it parked in front of your house.  A neighbor notices that the car has been sitting, so they call Crazy Ray’s to come and get it.  There is no exchange of registration or any other identification that proves ownership of the vehicle.  They pay the seller and Crazy Ray’s takes your car.

April Fabo’s 2008 Mazda 6 was taken in the same way and sold to Crazy Ray.  But, the thieves are protected under Maryland’s “Abandoned Car Law” that was designed to keep abandoned cars off the roads.  But she tells the reporter that she had just driven her car from Georgia to Baltimore and showed where they had taken her sensors and battery.

“This person signed an agreement, but I never signed over my car. That is the problem I have with this. You cannot accept some anonymous person’s signature for a car that does not belong to them,” she told 11 News I-Team reporter Barry Simms.

Another Baltimore couple told Simms that they knew the neighbor that stole their car.

“It hurts. I never, ever thought that someone living in your neighborhood — let alone living only a few doors down from me — was going to completely throw my life in ruins,” Candace Miller said.

But now that all of these transactions have come to light, Maryland legislators have decided to crack down on the problem.  New legislation of the law takes effect in October and states that there must be clear proof that the person selling the car is the owner.  It’s going to require “a copy of their driver’s license and the registration of the vehicle.”

An elementary school student could’ve caught the flaws in this law.  Check out the report.

-J.C. Brooks