Dallas Woman Gets Her Towed Car Back, Minus $1,400 She Had Inside

The last time we wrote about Excalibur towing, the person whose car had been towed wondered if someone broke into her car to rip off her parking sticker, possibly causing her car to be towed -- assuming the sticker went missing before her car was hauled away instead of after. "The only explanation I have is that it either fell off and I didn't notice it or someone took it off," the woman said.

Now, a different person whose car was recently towed by Excalibur says that $1,400 she had in her car disappeared somewhere along the line before she got it back.

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Brianna Pannell had $1,400 hidden in a binder inside her car, money her mother says she earned from her job at Cotton Patch Cafe. She left the money in her car as it was parked at the Lake Ridge Village plaza in Cedar Hill overnight on a Saturday a few weeks ago.

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The next day, her car was gone. She eventually figured out that it had been towed by Excalibur and brought to the Dallas County VSF lot in South Dallas. When she retrieved her car from the lot, "she noticed that her doors were unlocked," a Dallas Police Department report says.Her binder holding the money was missing, she told police.

Dallas County VSF towing attendant James Rodriguez says Pannell told him that she had $1,000 missing from her car. He told her to call Excalibur, he says. Rodriguez denied that his company had anything to do with the alleged theft and says that they had never had any problems before with Excalibur's lone Dallas driver, a man he knows only as Brian.

Pannell later reported a $1,400 theft to the police -- the $1,000 was from her latest paycheck, her mother says, and the additional $400 was cash she already had on her before that. The DPD hasn't listed any suspects, and Excalibur President Nick Massey hasn't yet returned messages.

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