Tow truck driver charged with theft in West Penn Township

Two tow truck drivers face burglary charges in West Penn Township.

According to West Penn Township Police, on September 30, 2022, Township Police were contacted by the victim who reported that her vehicle was towed by DAT Emergency Towing LLC, 3494 Summer Valley Road, New Ringgold, West Penn Township. She reported that the vehicle was towed from Mountain View Drive in Lehigh Township on September 27, 2022.

The victim reported that Todd Alan Deem Sr. arrived at the scene in a tow truck. She explained that shortly before Todd Deem Sr.’s arrival, Lehigh Township Police arrived at the scene. She told police her bike fell off and that she contacted the AAA Road Service for a tow.

Todd Deem Sr. decided to take the vehicle to a nearby gas station until a tow truck from DAT Emergency Towing LLC arrived.

The victim reports that after the car was pulled off the roadway, police departed and waited for the Emergency Towing LLC pickup truck to arrive. While she waited, Todd Deem Sr. questioned the victim about her auto insurance coverage. He instructed the victim to call their car insurance company and file a claim, telling them the car had been in an accident even though he knew the wheel had just come off. Todd Deem Sr. explained that the insurance company will cover the damage and bodywork. The victim told Todd Deem Sr. that she has CarShield Auto Protection and is not worried about damage to the vehicle. Deem Sr. incorrectly told her that in the state of Pennsylvania, if you get a flat tire or if your tire falls off, that’s considered an accident. The police determined that this incident was not an accident.

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Todd Deem Sr. then suggested the victim not take the car to where the AAA Road Service had hired him to take it to his storage spot because it would be better and he didn’t feel like driving to Jim Thorpe and that the police there would be messing around with the vehicle because that’s what the car looked like. He then told her he was taking it to Jim Thorpe in the morning and never mentioned any fees that would be involved. He told her that the insurance would pay for everything. The victim again stated that they have and are covered by CarShield Auto Protection and AAA Road Service. He then told her she was free to leave and that the car would be towed as soon as the other driver arrived with the DAT Emergency Towing LLC flatbed.

On September 28, 2022, the victim contacted Todd Deem Sr. She informed Deem that she was sending CarShield Auto Protection to get the vehicle because he never towed it to Jim Thorpe’s as instructed. He said that was fine and she could send them to get the car. The victim noted that he never told her there was a payment and she never assigned her to take the car to her parking lot, it was his idea because he didn’t want to drive to Jim Thorpe’s.

The victim received a call from CarShield Auto Protection saying the car could not be towed because it was on impounded property. The victim then called the DAT Emergency Towing LLC office and spoke to Todd Deem Jr., who stated that the car would not be released until payment was received. The victim questioned Deem Jr. why the payment was due when the AAA Road Service was dispatched and towing was part of the service. Deem Jr. replied that the AAA Road Service does not cover accidents. The victim informed Deem that the vehicle was not in an accident. Deem Jr. informed the victim that payment had to be made and to call back later for a price since the office was closed, and hung up.

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On September 29, two days after the vehicle was towed, the victim’s mother contacted DAT Emergency Towing LLC and spoke with Todd Deem Jr. about getting the vehicle from the impoundment. Deem Jr. stated the fees are $1,071. 00. The victim’s mother indicated that towing should be free with the AAA Road Service. Deem Jr. insisted on charging for 2 tows, even though it was Deem Sr.’s decision to move the vehicle until the flatbed arrived. She further explained to Deem Jr. that the vehicle was not involved in a car accident, and Deem Jr. insisted that she include it in her insurance as an accident for financial reasons.

Both Todd Alan Deem Sr. and Todd Alan Deem Jr. have been charged before Magistrate Serina with theft by unlawful possession of movable props, larceny by deception – false impression, receipt of stolen property, and determination of insurance rate fraud. Both were released on unsecured bail.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for December 20, 2022.

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