THORNTON, Colo. — A dozen car owners in Thornton found out they can be towed for parking in front of their own home.
It happened last week at the Woodland Hills Trailer Park.
Kevin Clayes said he woke up at 2:30 a.m. to go to work and walked outside to find his car was gone.
Clayes said he assumed his car had been stolen.
Instead a 911 dispatcher told him the management at the trailer park had called Colorado Roadside Posses to tow any car parked on the curbside, instead of in the mobile home’s driveway.
“I have no clue why. It doesn’t block the pathways for emergency vehicles or any other residents in the park,” said a frustrated Clayes.
Neighbor Michael Miller said he’d parked in front of his trailer home numerous times and was never told it was problem.
His car had recently been in an accident and was parked in his driveway. In Miller’s case what got towed was his rent-a-car, which caused him to miss work.
“I almost lost my job over it and everything, my boss was really upset,” Miller said.
Colorado Roadside Posse charged residents $228 to get their cars back.
A spokeswoman for the tow company said management at the Woodland Hills Trailer Park claimed it was getting pressure from the city of Thornton to enforce parking rules.
Todd Barnes is the Communications Director for the city of Thornton and he said the city had no involvement in residents being towed.
“The park actually owns the streets. They set the policy for what happens on the street and what the parking regulations are,” said Barnes.
No one at the management office would explain why residents were towed in the middle of the night without warning.
A property manager referred all inquiries to Equity Lifestyle Property in Chicago, which owns Woodland Hills Trailer Park. Numerous calls to their spokeswoman were not returned.
Residents said it was a Grinch move for management to call tow trucks just weeks before Christmas.
“That money we need for something else. It’s Christmas and you know everybody needs money. I think this is very ridiculous what happened,” said Jose Medic, whose truck was towed.
Neighbor Michael Miller added, “We`re trying to get all our bills paid, maybe have a Christmas which it would`ve been a little one anyway but now it`s spoiled.”
Some neighbors said Woodland Hills management said there was a warning in the park newsletter but residents said there hasn’t been a newsletter in four months and no one we spoke recalls anything about new parking rules.