The Wilkes-Barre City Council likely didn’t realize just how serious Mark Robbins was when he attended its last two meetings to complain about his car being towed and what he was charged.
Last month, Robbins, a Forty Fort resident who ministers to the poor, told the council that after his car was towed in June, city police officers mistreated him while defending Leo Glodzik, owner of LAG Towing. Robbins, who’s someone to take seriously, said he was forced to call 911 after Glodzik screamed in his face. Take a look at his website, www.gratefulhands.com, to see what I mean.
If the council, city Mayor Tom Leighton or Glodzik thought Robbins was simply venting before dropping the matter, they were wrong. Were they ever.
He not only has contacted multiple investigatory agencies to look into the city’s and, more specifically, Leighton’s relationship with LAG, he has put out a call to others to join him in his fight.
“We need to become a force,” he said. He wants others who have been mistreated by city officials to come forward. He has informed the FBI and state Attorney General “about a despicable scheme taking place in Wilkes-Barre, PA,” and charges that Glodzik has doubled and tripled industry standards for towing and impounding vehicles and is doing so with the city’s blessing.
Glodzik has an exclusive contract to tow illegally-parked vehicles in the city. For that monopoly, he pays the city $50,000. We’ve wondered ourselves whether this constitutes a kickback of sorts, even though it’s in the open.
Robbins unapologetically calls this arrangement a bribe. Surprisingly, neither Leighton nor city police Chief Gerard Dessoye have responded to Robbins’ accusations of a kickback scheme.
“After the police brutally treated me on June 1st, I endeavored to find out why this tow owner was protected by the police ‘as one of their own,’ ” he writes on his website.
Robbins said he paid $650 out of his own pocket to take a lie detector test to protect himself. He said the police officers who responded to the dust up between him and Glodzik protected the city towing contractor like goons would protect a rogue dictator. WOW!
And what’s with the city paying $18,000 to Glodzik for a vehicle only to reverse the transaction, as reported in The Citizens’ Voice? And what’s with the city buying said vehicle without first getting the title for it?
The city did the same thing when it reneged on a sales agreement to sell him the former Old River Road Bakery property, assessed at $478,000, for $38,000.
Speaking of that, when is the city going to advertise the sale of this property, which the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board set as a condition for forgiving $440,000 in back taxes?
Oh, that’s right, Luzerne County, needs to approve the deal. Whatever will the county do?