Customers’ dry cleaning held hostage in abandoned Aurora store for 2 months

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AURORA, Colo. -- The Aurora tax-man seized the Village Dry Cleaners, after the store had stood abandoned for more than two months. The action was taken because the owner has failed to pay taxes since 2008.

“We have heard the owner’s wife was hit with cancer and he took her home to Korea for treatment, but we don’t have that first hand,” said Trevor Vaughn. “All we know is that we decided to open the shop up so people who signed a list—put up by the landlord—could come in with ID and get their garments back.”

The cleaners, on South Peoria Street and Parker Road, saw dozens line up out the door, waiting to show proof of ownership, so they could get their clothes back.

For many, names or tickets were matched and clothes were returned.

For some, whose orders were not completed, they will have to make an appointment to come back next week.

Anyone else can contact the city’s tax and licensing division at 303-739-7800 to get their clothing back. Customers will have to present their original ticket of sale or a valid photo ID to have their clothing returned.

The city workers plan to open the store again Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. if people missed the chance Thursday to get their garments.