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Victim billed for stolen car
David and Pauline Pryce
The Pryces were without their car for 10 days
A couple say they are furious at being charged more than 100 by police to recover their stolen car after it was used in a raid on an antiques shop.

David and Pauline Pryce's Ford Sierra was found abandoned the day after it disappeared.

Nine days later Mr Pryce, of Welshpool, mid Wales, was told he would have to pay 105 to pick it up from a garage.

But Dyfed-Powys Police said it was policy that owners had to pay the cost of storing such vehicles.

The Pryces' F-registration car was taken from outside their home on 11 January.

We didn't ask for our car to be stolen, so why should we pay to get it back?
Pauline Pryce

The thieves abandoned the Sierra and left an antique table inside after they failed to get it out of the back.

After the car was found, it was taken to a garage used as a police compound for forensic tests.

The Pryces called police on 21 January and a detective told Mr Pryce he could pick up his car from the garage at Llanymynach, six miles from his home.

Steering lock

He was also told he would have to pay an extra 12 a day if he did not collect it immediately.

"I find it incredible that we had to pay to get our stolen car back," said Mrs Pryce.

"We couldn't believe what we were hearing when we were told how much this would cost us.

"The police's policy is wrong because we didn't ask for our car to be stolen, so why should we pay to get it back?

"I doubt whether the police have charged the antiques shop for picking up the table."

Mrs Pryce added that she would have to pay for 100 damage to the car's steering lock.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said: "It is our policy that vehicles falling within a certain criteria will be removed from the carriageway, open air or other property as soon as possible.

"The recovery and storage of such vehicles incur costs which are borne by the owner, unless the vehicle is recovered for police purposes such as the vehicle being involved in a fatal road traffic accident.

"We suggest the complainant contact the police and we are happy to speak about any query they may have on their charge."

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