Anderson man demands answers after police department seized his vehicle

ANDERSON, IND. – An Anderson man is furious and asking where his vehicle is after the police department towed it and then allegedly sold it without permission.

Scott Frazier has been trying to get his car back since 2016. He told CBS4 he loaned his car to his daughter. That night, his daughter’s boyfriend was shot and killed while behind the wheel. Police arrested a suspect soon afterward, not even questioning Frazier.

“I didn’t know who was driving it, I didn’t know who was involved in it,” Frazier said.

Because he had nothing to do with the murder, Frazier hoped to get his car back after the investigation was over. He said he called the Anderson Police Department dozens of times asking questions but claims he never got a straight answer.

“They told me, it’s with the prosecutor now because they need it. It’s their case,” he recalled.

After calling the Madison County prosecutor and the city’s attorney, Frazier hired a lawyer.

“My client has exercised due diligence. He didn’t just sit back and do nothing. He called the police. He was very active,” attorney Paul Baylor said.

At the end of 2017, Frazier called Northwest Towing and Recovery. Even though Frazier didn’t do anything wrong, a representative told him he’d have to pay more than $11,000 to claim his car due to storage fees.

“I said why do I have to pay?” Frazier remembered. “I wasn’t the one that put it in there!”

“My client shouldn’t have to pay a dime,” Baylor said.

Frazier called the CBS4 Problem Solvers for help. Our news team asked Anderson police about their seizure policy, but a spokesperson said it was against their practice to disclose standard operating procedures. Reporter Angela Brauer submitted a public records request in December asking for the same information but as of Jan. 25, had not received one response from the city.

Anderson’s city attorney, the suspect’s defense attorney and the Madison County prosecutor refused to respond to any of CBS4’s voicemails, phone calls or emails.

Then, after calling and visiting the tow yard, our Problem Solvers team found out the vehicle was no longer sitting in storage. In January, Frazier confirmed it was sold. He has no idea where his vehicle went and why he was not given ample opportunity to pick it up.

“I really think that’s excessive and just absurd,” Baylor said.

CBS4 will stay on top of this story and keep pushing for answers, especially from Anderson city officials.