My question involves police conduct in the State of: Washington,
So I went to sell a car part today in which I advertised on craigslist.com, I also purchased the item on craigslist.com. I took 4 pictures of the item at different angles to give a clear description. As I'm waiting in the parking lot for the assumed buyer which had been texting me up until this point a man comes walking up to my car and asks "you have the part?" and almost at the exact same time a sheriff comes flying up with his red & blues on and glock drawn. He starts screaming and cussing me out of my car "down on the ground on my hands and knees" and my passenger likewise. He puts us in cuffs and Mirandizes (sp.?) us. then approaches my car and retrieves the part.
According to the supposed buyer one of the sensors on the part were attached with two different colored screws (one gold and one dull), the number "50" wrote in perm. marker, and a dremel'd modification to it.
There was no receipt to prove ownership, the guy just claimed that it was stolen from him sometime ago and the fact that the specifics I noted above weren't visible in the pictures was reason enough for the officer to take the part into evidence.
So my question plain and simple, was this situation handled appropriately? the officer says once he catches the perp. and charges him with the theft I possibly will receive a victims reimbursement. Who's to say the guy admits when or if he's caught am I just assed out?