All Aaron wants is his 1973 Dodge Challenger back, and all Bank of America wants to do is act like it has no idea whatsoever what happened to his car. Aaron had been storing his pride and joy in his late mother’s garage, when a winterizing crew hired by BofA showed up. The next thing he knew, the garage was padlocked from the outside and his car was gone.
Aaron tells Worcestester, Mass. newspaper The Telegram & Gazette that his car, noticeable for its “plum crazy” purple paint job and V-8 engine with a chrome air scoop that pops up through the hood was taken in late March. He says the bank has information that would help him get his car back, but they won’t tell him what it is.
His mother’s house had an ongoing foreclosure proceeding at the time of her death, a proceeding which isn’t complete yet. Aaron stored his car in his mother’s garage over the winter, as he was the executor of her estate.
One day in March he arrived at the house to pick up his car, and saw the garage was padlocked from the outside.
“I thought that was weird, so I went around to the back to look through the window and saw the car was gone. My heart just dropped,” he recalled.
A neighbor told him that a work crew had showed up to the house days before to winterize it and secure it, something banks do to protect vacant houses during foreclosure proceedings. The sign posted about the winterizing was dated three days before he came to get the car.
The neighbor says that two days later, the same work crew pulled up and towed the car out of the garage.
He reported the car stolen and the neighbor spoke to cops. Then he tried to get Bank of America to tell him the name of the contractor it had hired to secure and winterize the house, to no avail.
Bank of America spokeswoman Kelly E. Sapp said, “We continue to research the issue and are in full cooperation with law enforcement and legal authorities on this ongoing investigation. Should evidence be produced that shows wrongdoing by the vendor, we will act swiftly and take appropriate action.”
Aaron doesn’t believe the bank, however, as a detective on the case said Bank of America didn’t respond to a mailed subpoena looking for the name of the vendor, so the detective served it again in person two weeks ago, at a local branch.
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve called the bank. They’re stonewalling me,” Aaron said. “Every time I called Bank of America, it was the same. They’re the worst of the worst.”
Worcester man battles bank after vintage muscle car hauled off [Telegram & Gazette]