Just last night an acquaintance was mentioning how her car, which she had fallen a couple payments behind on, had been secretly towed from Newport Beach to Pasadena, where she can be reunited with it for a cool $2,700.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles City Council is considering a crackdown on so-called "bandit" tow truck operators who troll for vehicles to cart to impound lots.
Both stories come to mind while considering the arrest of Robert Joseph Alarcon.
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An unidentified repo man came to Alarcon's home in the 16000 block of Brimhall Lane in Huntington Beach Sunday evening intent on taking the 30-year-old's vehicle.
Alarcon had other ideas, pulling a loaded shotgun, pointing it at the repo man and ordering him off the property, according to police.
The tow-company worker retreated and called police, who later busted Alarcon on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
We're still awaiting confirmation on whether the Surf City cruiser that rolled up had a pine tree air freshener.