Holy political favors, Batman! That’s the allegation against San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos for sending a four-man investigative team across the country last week, to raid the garage that builds Batmobiles. YouTube Tips ⓘ
Sam Anagnostou is a real estate agent who lives in Atherton, California, and ordered a $210,000 batmobile replica. Owner of manufacturer Fiberglass Freaks, Mark Racop, who is also a Christian minister, has nine Batmobiles in production. He claims Anagnostou was first in line, but missed a $20,000 payment, and that Anagnostou disappeared on for over eight months, almost nine months.
Anagnostou filed a complaint with Atherton police, but in September 2021, the San Mateo County District Attorney declined to bring criminal charges at this time, according to a letter to the Batmobile builder.
Anagnostou also filed a lawsuit in San Mateo Superior County Court, alleging Breach of Contract and Fraud, but this past March, a judge dismissed the case saying Indiana is the proper venue.
Anagnostou asked his Facebook friend, Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, to intervene. He sent a lieutenant, sergeant and two deputies to Indiana, where they raided Fiberglass Freaks last week — July 19, 2022.
San Mateo County Sheriff’s investigators took only two files of documents, according to the Search Warrant Return. Racop says they read him his Miranda Rights, brought him to the local jail for an hour, but then let him go. Racop only later found out they got a warrant for his Gmail, contacts and photos; that they froze his bank account; and charged him in California with two felonies — Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, and Diversion of Construction Funds.
The court case is continuing.
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