In fact he didn’t even know it was hot, until the trailer's actual owner spotted Frank pulling the stolen flat-bed around town.
Authorities eventually confiscated the trailer and now the pawn shop won't refund Frank his money.
Meanwhile, Del City Police are looking into who swiped the trailer.
“When you hawk or sell something to a pawn shop, you sign a form stating whether or not you own that property,” Captain Jody Suit said. “If you sign it that you own it and you don't own it, it's a felony.”
Investigators claim in Frank's case the trailer wasn't even reported missing, until after he had already purchased it from First Cash Pawn.
The pawn shop refused to go on-camera with us, but wasted no time refunding frank his cash in full.
“I told them thank you,” Frank said. “I wasn't mad at them. I was just glad to get my money.”
Police urge buyers to avoid any item that doesn't have an identifiable serial number on it.
Here's the In Your Corner bottom line:
- Pawn shops can be a smart way to save money, but it's important to remember most have a "no cash back" policy.
- Purchasing breakable merchandise can be risky.
- Do your research.
- Negotiate a price.
- Read the fine print.