My question involves personal property located in the State of: California
I did a Custom paint job on a Harley Davidson. It soon became apparent that the owner could not pay his bill and after several months could no longer be located. I proceeded to have a Lien Sale, following every stipulation of Civil Code 3072. This took 3 months. With there being no qualified bidder, I completed the Certification of Lien Sale, showing myself as both buyer and seller and went to the DMV and registered it. I began to restore the bike. (When it was dropped off, it didn't run and was literally in pieces with most missing). I have invested a lot of time and money.
Then, out of the blue, two plain clothed detectives came to my home. They said that the bike had been stolen,,,7 YEARS AGO,,,and now belonged to the Ins. Co! I explained the circumstances of my acquiring the bike and attempted to show them my registration and receipts. They glanced at them and told me to meet them on Monday at the Tow Co's Impound lot. I asked for the name of the Ins, Co., hoping to negotiate and they said they would talk to them for me. They then left with my bike. On Mon. I was told the Ins. Co. was not interested in taiking with me, but would take off all the parts I had receipts for and return them. This would leave the bike inoperable. Its been two weeks, I havn't heard a thing, it is still impounded in MY NAME!!
What recourse do I have and how should I proceed????