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Stolen car? It gets worse...

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Brandon Bray had just moved to the District from Colorado. Two days after getting here his car was missing.

Brandon Bray

Bray called police and filed a report. For weeks, nothing happened.

But over the weekend, Bray got a call from police that they had found his vehicle in Anacostia. But his car had so many parking tickets on it that some were stuck to the windshield. Bray’s car had more than $300 in tickets.

The tickets began piling up on his windshield just a few days after he reported that his car was stolen. And while it was obvious to neighbors that the car was abandoned, it was in fact stolen.

“The trunk was open and tickets were on the windshield, it was obviously stolen,” Bray said.

It took police more than a month to make the connection despite the fact that every ticket issued by the city is supposed to be cross-referenced with a police data base.

Had the system worked as it was supposed to, or if police simply entered the tag number into the DMV website, authorities would have known that the car was getting tickets and exactly where it was located.

And most importantly, Bra would have gotten his car back more than a month ago.

Now, he still has damages to pay as well deal with as hundreds of dollars in parking tickets.

"How in the world does a car stay parked in a tow zone in front of a school that's stolen and still continue receiving tickets?"
Brandon Bray asked.

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