Bloomington Police Investigating Theft of Car from Apartment Complex Parking Lot

(BLOOMINGTON) – Bloomington Police say two men posing as towing company officials stole a car from a parking spot at an apartment complex in the 3420 block of East Coenantoer Drive.

At 3:30 p.m. Thursday a man reported his roommate’s 2015 Audi Q5 was missing.

The man told police his 21-year-old roommate, the owner of the car, had been in China. He noticed the car was missing on Aug. 5th, but thought his roommate lent the car to a friend. The male talked to his roommate and discovered the vehicle was missing.

The man told police he received two phone calls from different numbers. The roommate called one of the numbers, and a male answered claiming he was an employee from Indy Pro Tow and said they towed the car because it had an expired license plate. The male said it would cost $800 to get the car back.

Officers called the number listed for Indy Pro Tow. An employee said they did not have the car and would not come to Bloomington to tow a vehicle for an expired license plate.

Police also called the number received by the roommate and posed as the owner of the towed vehicle. The officer asked why a towing company from Indianapolis would tow a car in Bloomington, and the man on the phone told the officer he did not know who had authorized the tow. 

The officer then identified himself as an officer, and the man hung up. The officer attempted to call the number back, and no one would answer.

The officer then called the second phone number. A male answered. The officer identified himself as an officer and requested the location of the vehicle. The male got angry with the officer and hung up.

Police have not located the stolen car, but believe it is in the Greenwood area. They have contacted Greenwood Police Department for assistance in the investigation.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477.