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  1. #1
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    Oct 2008

    Default Stolen Vehicle Issues

    My question involves small claims court in the state of: Virginia


    i thank you in advance for taking time for my issue. i am going through a divorce right now and to make things complicated there is a vehicle involved. while i was married to this person i had taken out a loan (personal loan of $2500) from navy federal credit union. for her to purchase a vehicle. i was on a detachment with my squadron during the purchase of this vehicle so the title was not issued in my name. shortly after i had learned that she was being unfaithful and i started the process of divorce. in the separation agreement it clearly states that she is to sign the title over to me immediately and it will be signed over to her once the loan is paid in full. it also states she is to make the payments on the loan on the 25th of every month and if she misses two payments i am allowed to reclaim the vehicle as it is my own property. this agreement was signed in march 2008. she has missed more than two payments on this loan so in august of 2008 i reposess the vehicle, knowing she would try to retake posession of the car, i hide the car on base until i can change the locks on the ignition and the door. once i changed the locks, i parked the car in the parking lot of my apartment complex. i go out to sea on 16sep08 and i get an email later that day from my roomate saying the car is missing. she knew the day we were pulling out and apparantly she had a locksmith make her keys for this car i'm guessing by showing them an old insurance card. mind you the title is still in her name. we pull in on 10oct and i go to the police office to file a report. the detective said that that car is legally mine however he cannot file a stolen vehicle because the title is not in my name. so i file a suit against her, the court date is nov. 24th. i recieved a tip from one of her friends that she took the car to a junk yard and recieved money for it. i called around junkyards and locksmiths and the car or the work performed is nowhere to be found. therefore i have no proof she stole the car. she knew the day we were pulling out so she waited for that, she has a prior record (credit card theft, identity theft) so she's a convicted felon, and the fact that she still has the title. judge judy and judge joe brown have both sent me express letters from DHL wanting to take my case but i don't know. any ideas/thoughts on this situation? again, help is much appreciated. thanks!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Re: Stolen Vehicle Issues

    if you don't have anything more than suspicion, she will win .

    If this friend will testify (you can subpeona) you may have a fighting chance. If this friend knows which yard the car went to, you could also subpeona their records. Although there are yards that do not follow the laws, hopefully most of them are law abiding and would have a record of the cars they scrapped out.

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