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Pick-n-Pull Auto and Truck Dismantlers

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Owner and operator of a chain of self service auto parts stores. The company is primarily engaged in the sale of recycled auto parts, original equipment manufacturer auto parts, salvage vehicles, surplus yard equipment and scrap metal.

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Calgary man spots stolen truck outside Pick-N-Pull used parts yard

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No rules requiring auto recycling businesses to run a VIN search to ensure vehicle isn’t stolen

A Calgary man was reunited with his stolen truck just moments before it was to be moved into a used auto parts yard.

Dave Lawrence’s 1990 GMC Sierra was stolen on Dec. 1 in northeast Calgary.

Earlier this week, Lawrence was driving along 52nd Street S.E., when he noticed a black truck that looked like his missing one, right down to a sticker on the tailgate.

“When I saw my truck in this parking lot, I was happy,” he said. “After four months I knew my truck was still here.”

He pulled over and confirmed it was his truck — damaged and without wheels — in the parking lot outside Pick-N-Pull, a self-service used auto parts business.

Workers were about to move the truck with a forklift into the yard and close up for the day.

“I yelled at them, ‘Hey guys, oh my God, this is my truck. It’s been stolen since December.’ That was met with, ‘No it’s not your truck, it’s our truck. We just bought it. We’ve got the bill of sale.'”

Lawrence called police and stood on the forks of the front-end loader.

“I knew he wasn’t going to pick my truck up if [I] was standing on his machine,” Lawrence said.

Operation not licensed

Pick-N-Pull did not respond to requests from CBC News for an interview.

A spokesperson for Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) told CBC News the Pick-N-Pull location at 52nd Street S.E. is not licensed..

“Under Alberta’s Fair Trading Act and regulations automotive repair, sales, lease, consignment, wholesaler and agent/broker businesses are required by law to be licensed by AMVIC. Anyone who is recycling and dismantling vehicles must be licensed under the repair category,” the spokesperson said.

AMVIC said it is investigating and intends to follow up with the business.

Lawrence said the tow truck driver who brought the vehicle to Pick-N-Pull told police he bought it off someone in northeast Calgary for $100.

Truck badly damaged

Police arrived and confirmed that the truck was stolen by checking the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Lawrence arranged to have the truck towed to his house.

“Whoever stole the truck gutted the inside of it. They took the wheels off. There’s some damage to the truck here and there. I haven’t been able to check out . the engine to see if it’s still good on it yet.”

No requirement to check VIN

Lawrence said it’s free and easy for anyone to check a VIN online.

But there are no regulations requiring auto recycling businesses to do a title search to ensure the vehicle hasn’t been stolen, said Det. David Bailey from the Calgary police’s auto theft team.

Bailey said he would like to see the rules changed.

“The legislation was probably adequate for back in the day,” he said. “But I just believe it’s struggled to keep up with technology and the criminal element’s use of technology and that’s where we have to be more speedy in looking at legislation — closing loopholes — so we don’t have more victims.”

Kent Pallister, the City of Calgary’s chief licence inspector, said they’ve reached out to Lawrence and are looking into whether Pick-N-Pull violated the terms of its city licence, which was issued in 2013.

“At a municipal level in Calgary, we license salvage yards and auto wreckers,” he said. “There’s rules that they have to follow.”

Those rules, which include recording a purchased vehicle’s VIN and licence plate number, are set out in the bylaw, which is available on the city’s website. The rules do not directly require a business to check if the vehicle is stolen, but they do have to provide that information to police if asked.

A Calgary man was reunited with his stolen truck just moments before it was to be moved into a used auto parts yard. ]]>