Galpin Motors Sheds Light On Controversy Over LAPD Truck Replacement For Dorner Victims

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This week, a story was creating some controversy around Los Angeles about the truck replacement for the two women Margie Carranza and her mother, Emma Hernandez, whose truck was shot up in the chaotic manhunt for Christopher Dorner in early February.

A story broke that the LAPD offered to replace the women’s Toyota Tacoma truck, but the deal has hit a few roadblocks with claims that LA based Galpin Motors was trying to rip the women off by having them pay taxes on the truck.

To help shed some light on their side of the story, a VP of Galpin Motors, Allen Skobin, called in to the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show to explain the details of the deal and the dealership’s involvement with the LAPD truck replacement.

Allen explains that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck approached Galpin Motors owner Bert Boeckmann personally to help with the truck replacement for the women.

According to Allen, Bert said that he would not only pay for the Ford truck, but “he would pay for the state’s sales tax…the DMV license, the DMV registration and any other taxes, they’ll be responsible.”

After getting a deal all together, Allen says the lawyer representing Carranza and Hernandez initially rejected the deal with a Ford truck because they preferred a model like the original. A new deal was then made with a truck almost identical to their own, only newer and fewer miles, which  they had available at one of Galpin’s used car lots.

However, after finding out they would need to pay income taxes, the women’s lawyer said they wouldn’t be coming down to look at the truck at all.

“The lawyer said ‘no, you pay gift taxes on it, we’re not going to do that,'” explained Allen. “We said ‘no that wasn’t the deal,’ and that’s where it broke down.”

He explains that it’s the LAPD’s responsibility to provide the vehicle to the women and that Galpin wasn’t involved in the situation.

“I think [Chief Beck] had the very best intentions,” said Allen. “The funny part is, in the same conversation that the lawyer’s telling me ‘[the women] don’t have any money, they can’t pay this,’ he’s telling me they expect to get millions of dollars from the city.”

“Galpin was a good community citizen, stepped in and offered to help with no benefit to Galpin, and somehow this is probably a classic case of no good deed goes unpunished,” added Allen.

Listen to the full story in the interview with Allen below.

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