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The Portland Police Bureau is changing its process to eliminate a trip to Central Precinct because of the COVID-19 crisis.

COURTESY OPB - A Portland Police Bureau vehicle.The Portland Police Bureau is changing the way in which owners can recover stolen vehicles because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Owners no longer will have to go first to Central Precinct in order to obtain release form when vehicles have been towed to a lot for storage. The $150 police release fee also will be waived, although tow companies may still charge fees for towing and storage.

"Out of a concern for the health of our community and to limit exposure, the Portland Police Bureau is changing the way it releases vehicles after a vehicle was ordered to be towed by PPB," the bureau said on Wednesday, April 8.

The bureau will notify vehicle owners by phone and letter if their vehicle has been towed, along with information on how owners can recover their vehicle directly from the tow company. The temporary suspension will remain in effect for the duration of Gov. Kate Brown's "Stay Home, Save Lives" order.

Information regarding vehicle releases is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/143824.


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