What to do if I was told by police that they would not take a report of a stolen car because I didn’t report it stolen the day it happened and the car was wrecked?

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What to do if I was told by police that they would not take a report of a stolen car because I didn’t report it stolen the day it happened and the car was wrecked?

My roommate was the person who stole it while I was out of town and crashed it. I wasn’t aware of this until I returned. They said that me being out of town doesn’t matter; it had to be reported that day and that since it’s after the fact it’s his word against mine. He maintains that he had permission, which he did not.

Asked on August 6, 2013 under Accident Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Please go and speak with an attorney who can help you file the police report.  Logically if you were out of town how would you know it was stolen, even if it were not involved in an accident, until you returned?  This sends up a red flag and you are right to go further for help.  Good luck.


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