During Friday’s lockdown of Route 88, dozens of local residents were told by authorities to park in the CVS lot and walk home, multiple sources told TLS.
But when the scene was cleared, they returned to find their vehicles gone – apparently towed by the company hired by CVS, and unbeknownst to the LPD. Some had walked with their children and luggage, as they were leaving for Shabbos.
But to make things worse about an hour to Shabbos, the towing lot was closing, and residents were unable to retrieve their vehicles. They were told they’d have to come Monday to pick it up.
Askonim immediately called on the local Lakewood Police Department, who jumped into action. Some officers immediately went to help give rides to stranded residents, and others headed to the towing lot to fight for the residents – who were just following orders.
But even after finally allowing for the vehicles to be retrieved, the residents were told they would need to pay $400 in cash to get their cars back.
With most not having $400 in cash on them, Moshe’s Towing company reportedly laid out the cash for multiple residents.
The Lakewood Police Chief and other high-ranking officials are looking into the incident.