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Man upset after cars towed without warning

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (WOLF) -- A water project in south Wilkes-Barre has been causing some headaches for residents when it comes to parking.

They've had to move their cars out of the street to allow the construction crews to get in. We spoke to someone whose cars were towed.

The man called FOX56 for help because he thinks the police stole the cars, but they told us he was violating a no-parking order.

However, he says he was never notified about the no-parking order.

Alex Klein, 27, lives out of state near Port Jervis, N.Y., and says he bought this cheap foreclosure property five years ago, hoping to rent it out.

He says due to a prior break-in, he installed cameras. But recently, when he checked the video, he didn't see any crooks.

Instead, it was the police, having his two cars towed from Dodson Lane.

"I called code enforcement and they said the only way they can take your car is they have to send you a notice a couple times," says Klein. "I didn't get nothing. I just so happened to check and I'm like, why are my cars gone?"

"They stuck this sign up," says neighbor Joe Lupico, pointing out a "Monday through Friday" no-parking sign which warns of towing.

It turns out there was a water line project going on for the past couple weeks on Dodson Lane, and we also saw more no-parking signs are posted on Brown Street.

Residents on Dodson Lane say it was a hassle that wrapped up for them on Friday, at least for now.

"I couldn't even walk through the other day. I actually had to climb over my back fence and go around," says Lupico.

Klein says he was not aware of the project.

According to police Lt. Novak, the area was posted four days prior to the Sept. 21 tow for no parking, and the cars were in violation of the posting.

Police say they towed the cars for violation of the temporary parking restriction due to the water line construction project.

However, Novak says the signs like the ones we saw marked with a "Linde" logo are generally a courtesy; it's only city-posted signs for no parking that are enforceable.

"Nobody even bothered to knock on the door," says Klein.

Even with the water project, Klein thinks there was room to get by his two cars.

"I want the cars back. Misconduct. Stealing off my property. That's what they did. They stole the cars," says Klein.

Neighbors we spoke with say they did not get any letters or phone calls about the project.

"That was the only notice that I saw," says Lupico.

"We park in the backyard and nobody let us know they were going to start early in the morning," says neighbor Jaqueline Hernandez.

Another neighbor told us she was aware of the towing after speaking with her boyfriend.

"He told me that they were towing the cars in the back because they were in the way of construction," says Hernandez.

"So yours didn't get towed because?" we asked. "We moved it on time. Ours was moved in the morning, but the ones that were left there in the afternoon were towed," says Hernandez.

Klein'says his cars are still sitting at Falzone's Towing and he hasn't paid to get them out. He says he's thinking about suing the city.

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