Thursday: Stored Vehicles Being Returned
The mess left when the operators of Fort Drum Vehicle Storage apparently skipped town is slowly being sorted out.
As of Thursday, 18 soldiers who had vehicles stored through the company had retrieved their cars or trucks.
That's out of just under 180 vehicles stored in warehouses in Sandy Creek and Oswego.
"We're ensuring the vehicles are repaired and we're looking to get damages for whatever misconduct took place," Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.
Fort Drum Vehicle Storage owner JoAnn Sanchez-Norquist reportedly collected $100 to $150 a vehicle a month to store the vehicles, but didn't do the promised maintenance.
She rented space from another company, Laser Transit, whose chief operating officer said Thursday that his company has stepped in to make things right.
"We do think there was a period of time where these cars obviously weren't being touched, and weren't being checked," George Joyce said.
Laser Transit mechanics have begun upkeep on the vehicles.
"We're trying to make sure that they (soldiers) know their vehicle is safe and secure and that we're going to take good care of it," Joyce told 7 News.
The Attorney General has turned keys and files over to Laser Transit, which is handling the return of the vehicles.
The Attorney General asks anyone who has a complaint against Fort Drum Vehicle Storage or stores a vehicle with the company to contact the Watertown office at 315-785-2444.
Friday, March 7, 2014, Watertown, NY