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Four cars stolen from The Fields complex parking lot linked to fake towing company scam

Four cars have been reported stolen from The Fields apartment complex parking lot, with one being reported stolen Saturday and two being reported stolen Sunday. 

Bloomington Police Department Sgt. Brandon Siniard said a man reported his white 2018 Dodge Challenger stolen around 10:50 a.m. Saturday. His roommate was supposed to be watching his car while he was out of the country. 

The victim told police he believes the car may have gone missing from its parking spot between Aug. 9-12.

Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo said two Audis were reported stolen Sunday from the same location. 

Pedigo said the man called police around 4:25 p.m. Sunday reporting a silver 2015 Audi A3 he watched for his friend this summer had been stolen. The complainant told police he knew the car was parked in its spot from July 27 to Aug. 8. 

The man told police he first contacted property management for The Fields. An employee told him an Indianapolis towing company had been towing cars in their parking lots, but The Fields did not have a contract with the towing company. The employee gave the complainant a number for the Indianapolis towing company. 

Pedigo said the complainant called, and someone answered claiming to be a representative for Indy Tow Company. The complainant gave the employee the car details. The person on the phone said the company had the car, and it would cost $800 to pay for the original tow and $50 for each day the company had stored the car. The complainant requested to know the location of the car and information on how to pay the fees, and the person on the phone refused to answer his questions. 

While an officer was at The Fields talking to the original complainant, another person who watched a friend's white 2014 Audi Q5 this summer reported it had been stolen. This complainant also received the same phone number from The Fields for the Indianapolis towing company. 

When the complainant called, the same person from the previous call answered and claimed to work for Br8k Bred Towing. The person said the company had the Audi Q5 and was given the same information as the previous caller. The person would not tell the complainant the location of the car.

Pedigo said a BPD detective is actively investigating the car thefts.

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