Mom’s minivan stolen first, then she gets big tow bill

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MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Kelsey Gregory is a mother of five and depends on her minivan to get around, but last Wednesday night it was stolen from her driveway.

Gregory asked Marysville police to call her if it was found so she could pick it up or have it privately towed through her insurance.

“I told him specifically I do not have money to get it out of impound and would keep my phone glued to my hand and that’s what I did,” said Gregory.


Kelsey Gregory, of Marysville, a mother of five, had her minivan stolen. When it was found, she was presented with a large tow bill. A ‘Good Samaritan’ who saw her story on Q13 FOX News offered to pay the tow bill. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

On Friday, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office found Gregory’s van in Arlington.

Gregory said they never called her until her van was at Dick’s Towing in Marysville, where she says she was initially quoted nearly $800 to get it back.

“I feel like I’m being the victim of a crime twice,” Gregory said. “Not only I lose my van, I can’t get my kids to school, I can’t go grocery shopping, get to work, my car seats and stroller are in there.”

Danielle Peterson, with the tow company’s head office in Everett, said Gregory’s tow bill was only $570 plus tax, and agreed to lower it to $500 after hearing about her situation.

Peterson said Dick’s is one of several tow companies that contracts with Snohomish County and that they do charge more for sheriff’s office tows versus private ones.

“There is a price difference. The fact (that) we have to be wherever they are within 20 minutes plays into that. We have to drop whatever we’re doing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all holidays, to be wherever they need us within 20 minutes,” said Peterson.

“I feel like it’s a huge scam. You don’t realize how much you need your car until it’s gone,” said Gregory.

Dick’s Towing said had Gregory had full vehicle insurance coverage, she would only have had to pay a deductible.

Peterson called Q13 FOX News later to say that a ‘Good Samaritan’ who saw Gregory’s story on the 4 p.m. news Monday called and offered to pay Gregory’s tow bill so she could get her minivan back.


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  • Baal

    “I feel like I’m being the victim of a crime twice. Not only I lose my van, I can’t get my kids to school, I can’t go grocery shopping, get to work, my car seats and stroller are in there,” said Gregory.

    So why wasnt the FATHER of these five kids called to help out?

    Several years ago my car was also stolen. Nobody came to my aid to help with the towing costs or the 3 days of storage fees.

    Maybe its because I am a MAN and expected by society to buck up and deal with it like a man…

    • some one who cares

      several people would like to know why she did not have insurance like the rest of the world so this lady with five kids are already draining the system (wefare medical food stamps) and we are suppos to feel sorry for her i do not feel one bit of ampathy foe this lady she is pnly trying to get some thing for nothing an dthis lady does not care who she srews over i hope this lady does not do this to any oither bussines

      • sv1g

        Wow. An entire paragraph without so much as a capital letter or a punctuation mark. Good work! I really like all the misspelled words too!

  • Jan Seeley

    @Baal, @some one who cares (what a misnomer that is !)wow…maybe the husband walked out on her….maybe she's low income, or it's an older car. If they had called her her insurance (which she had, by the way) would have paid, except for the deductible, because it wouldn't have gone to Dick's. Did you even read the damned story? Geez! Way to blame the victim…typical…

  • WKTB

    Quote "Dick’s Towing says had Gregory had full vehicle insurance coverage, she would only have had to pay a deductible."
    What a crock of S#*T attitude from a Price gouging industry!

    • don

      king of like rotor rooter. If you don't like the price, call somebody else. Still can not figure out the 5 kid angle.

  • don

    What possesses a women to have 5 children? I find it improbably that it is possible to raise 5 children at one time.

    • sv1g

      Really? You have never heard of a family with 5 or more kids? Not only is it possible, it's fairly common. I sure as hell wouldn't do it, but lots of people do. My father-in-law is the youngest of 13 kids.

  • Tani

    Wow, what a bunch of rude comments and of course the race card even gets thrown in. She was a victim and somebody heard her story and showed compassion. Good to know there are still some good people out there. I also raised 5 kids, 3 of my own and 2 that I fought to raise due to child abuse not because I wanted to raise 5 kids but because I wanted something better for them. I don't care who you are, rich or poor, kids or no kids, black or white, male or female, having your car stolen is an inconvenience. Have some mercy.

  • K

    Funny thing about dicks towing is I was on vacation and my roommate was dating the daughter of the owner and they broke into my truck and moved the vehicle without my permission, shady people…

  • 425knowkelsey

    Well maybe next time people should look more into the stories they run of and the kind of people they truly are …..because this person that the stories ran on Miss Gregory is a scam artist and this is what she does to get attention or a easy way out of everything she does t… this happens for a good reason most likely someone took her van because she owed them tons or gave it to someone for her drug front but didn’t pay on it im telling get u ask anyone that knows her lowlife ass just look at her! hifunny shes a so called victim when actually a predator who likes to set up her friends to be robbed at gun point so maybe this bitch should pay forty thousand back to her victims and stop using drugs while she has tons of kids no good bitch