Woman Says Truckers Stole Elvis Collection
(CN) - A woman claims the owner of a trucking company stole some of her "very rare and valuable Elvis Presley memorabilia" while she was moving from California to her new home in Texas. Roberta Christoff claims that police found some of her stolen property "at the homes of employees of defendant Bowman Trucking, including at defendant Larry Bowman's home."
Christoff says she hired (nonparty) Beaumont Moving Co. to move her belongings from California to Austin.
"Christoff was an avid collector of very rare and valuable Elvis Presley memorabilia (the 'Elvis Collection')," according to her complaint in Riverside County Court, Calif. "Her collection spanned decades, included very rare and irreplaceable memorabilia, and was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars."
The complaint does not describe the Elvis items.
She claims Beaumont packed up her stuff and stored it in a locked truck on Bowman Trucking's lot in Riverside County. On the way to Austin, she says, Beaumont Trucking discovered that the lock on the truck had been changed, and that her Elvis Collection was missing.
Beaumont Trucking contracted police, who investigated and found some of her stuff "at the homes of employees of defendant Bowman Trucking, including at defendant Larry Bowman's home. Additionally Larry Bowman of Bowman Trucking told the police that Bowman Trucking took Christoff's belongings out of Beaumont Moving Company's truck because Beaumont Moving Company owed Bowman Trucking money."
She claims Bowman Trucking broke the lock and stole her stuff, which included not only the Elvis Collection but her grandmother's wedding dress and "urns with the remains of deceased pets."
She seeks treble damages for theft, conversion, emotional distress and other charges. She is represented by Randal Ivor Smith with the Raines Law Group of Beverly Hills.