Disabled Man Has To Pay $300 To Get Back Stolen Van

(WBBM) – A disabled man from Park Forest is waiting to get his customized van back after it was stolen last week and then, recovered last night.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger Reports

On his 50th birthday over a week ago, Randy Iliff parked his special conversion van at the Richton Park Metra station, as he does every day.

But, when he got back from work, the van was gone.

At first, he thought it was a birthday prank, but soon it became clear that the van with a wheelchair ramp, charger and ham radio equipment had been stolen.

Now police have recovered it in Harvey. But Iliff tells Newsradio 780 he’s being told he has to pay $300 in tickets and towing costs. He doesn’t know yet what condition the van’s in and, in any case, thinks it’s unfair to charge him since the van had been stolen.

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  • Steve

    This story seems to be incomplete when the reporter ran the story. Does Randy have car insurance? If not, why? Insurance should take care of the tow bill. And who were the tickets issued to? The car thieves or Randy? If Randy, did he get the tickets for the van being stolen or were the tickets from something else in the past?

    • Bobbi70

      I agree, IF the tickets are his, he should pay them. However, I get the impression that they were NOT his tickets and issued to his vehicle, not him after the van was stolen. This has been a racket involving the police and towing companies for a lot of years and the towing companies are making a killing by keeping vehicles because owners can’t afford their ridiculous fees. Something NEEDS to be done about this.



  • guest

    the city of chicago dont give a dam about nobody regardless to whether you’re disabled or not,all they care about is revenue $$$$

    • unknown

      @guest. while i agree with you, you should read the story-it has nothing to do with the city of chicago. this man is from park forest and parked his van at the richton park metra station.

  • ELWS

    I agree with Steve that the story in incomplete. If the tickets were issued to Randy, the owner of the van prior to the theft, then he should be required to pay them. Othewise other scofflaws may “arrange” the theft of their vehicles for a free pass on tickets!
    If the tickets were issued while the van was stolen, then he should not be responsible for them.

  • nobody special

    Sounds to me like their may have been outstanding tickets on the van to begin with which if this is the case, the van owner is responsible. Was the van towed from the place it was found to the police pound? If so the towing company deserves to be paid, since this is part of a theft, the owner’s insurance should cover this situationn as part of his insurance.

  • chivi

    My dad’s SUV was stolen. When the cops found it, they never contacted my dad. It wasn’t until we made a call to find out about the status of the stolen truck that we found out that it had been found and was in the pound. They were charging my dad who is 74 years old $1800 in storage costs. My dad never got his SUV back since he did not have the money to pay for the storage fees.

    • Bobbi70

      This is so typical. The police work with the towing companies, get kickbacks, the towing companies charge ridiculous fees and, in most cases, the vehicles are turned over to them because the owner can’t afford to bail their vehicles out of the pound. If enough people write to Lisa Madigan, the States Attorney, they can be investigated and put out of business. BUT, enough people must complain or nothing will ever get done.

  • Bobbi70

    This is a scam the police have used for years because they get kickbacks from the towing companies. Most people don’t have towing coverage, so they are responsible for towing costs and tickets. The towing companies charge ridiculous fees so most of the time people end up losing their vehicles. They need to be regulated; but that may never happen because they work with the police. Of course, if enough people emaill their representatives this could be changed.

  • Brian

    My car was stolen a few years ago and received a couple tickets after the theives dumped it on a residential street. I filed a stolen vehicle report and the police discovered it a couple months later. I sent the tickets to the Dept. of Revenue, enclosing the stolen vehicle report and a letter explaining what happened. The tickets were removed from the record.

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