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Downtown Detective: The Case of the Dumped Z28

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2008, at 09:44PM
Main5 Ed Fuentes

Pay attention, it's time to play Downtown Detective.

Sometime between 3 and 4pm this afternoon, February 27th, a black Z28 with a crumpled front end was dumped on Main street outside the Jalisco Inn. The vehicle was covered in a thick layer of dirt, and a note under the windshield read "No Free Parking. Your car will be towed." The vehicle was left facing the wrong direction in the westside curb lane.

I happened upon the scene around 4:45pm. Suzanne and Anika from Gilmore Associates were there, and Suzanne had just finished calling in the scene to Central Division. Between us, we came up with a pretty plausible hypothesis. Read on to get our take and help solve the Case of the Dumped Z28.

As an aside, did you ever read the Encyclopedia Brown books growing up? I did, and were this a case like that I'd be pointing my finger straight at Bugs Meany and his gang. They're always up to no good.

Anyway, here's what Suzanne, Anika and I came to think:

The owner of the Z28 has an accident. The cost to repair is more than the vehicle's worth, so he parks it in a garage and walks away. The garage owner eventually gets fed up, has a worthless, abandoned vehicle on his hands, and decides to make it the city's problem and not his. He has the car towed and dumped on Main street.

Some points:

  • Why does it have to be a garage and not a lot? The car's too dirty to have been out in the rain. It had to have been covered, but exposed enough to get dirty.

  • The car was likely towed in reverse, hence it facing the wrong direction on Main.

  • A patron who had been at the Jalisco Inn for a few hours came out as LADOT was getting set to tow the car. He claimed that it was a licensed tow truck (with the OPG sticker) that had dropped the car there.

Here's where you come in: Have you seen this car sitting in a garage around Downtown? Let's figure out where it was last, so that we can figure who's responsible. Did the garage operator indeed tow it, or did the car owner?

Ed Fuentes also contributed to this report.

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