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Bronx Man Arrested For Stealing His Car

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A Bronx man is suing New York’s Police Department for $1 million after he was arrested in front of his children for ‘stealing’ his own car.


Jamieson Prince, 43, said cops surrounded his 2007 GMC Yukon on Nov. 11 and handcuffed him before he was able to drive his daughters to school, the New York Daily News reports.

Prince explained to police that the vehicle was seized by the 28th Precinct in July after his 23-year-old son used it to flee a crash scene in Harlem. Cops said the son hit a pedestrian during the escape and the vehicle was obtained for an investigation.

When Prince arrived at the stationhouse to pick up the vehicle, police said they couldn’t find it. In early November, Prince found the SUV parked near the stationhouse and drove it home before cops came and made the arrest.

"How can the NYPD just confiscate property, lose it, then arrest you for possessing it?"
Prince said. "It's totally wrong. I want an apology."

 

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Elizabeth Dilts

is currently pursuing a masters at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Dilts came to New York City from Shanghai, China, where she worked as an editor with the English-language City Weekend magazine. Prior to that, Dilts spent a year in Nanjing, China, with a bilingual, Mandarin-English magazine and a stint in Tianjin, China, with a business publication. Looking to use her Mandarin back in the United States, Dilts is covering Flushing, Queens, one of New York’s four Chinatowns. A native of Gary, Indiana., Dilts received her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Indiana University. While in China, she reported on Internet usage among young adults and the education issues faced by multi-ethnic children raised in China.