Petersburg woman gets help after police damage her door

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A happy ending for a Petersburg woman who called NBC 12 for help! Gayle Sykes says she had no success with getting Petersburg police to pay for a door that officers damaged while she wasn't at home. So, she called 12 and got results.

Sykes says after NBC12 aired her story police called and offered to pay up. The city wrote her a check. Today, Sykes got a new door.

Officers broke down her down back in August. Sykes says she asked the department to pay for what it damaged -- but was told no and that she'd have to pay for the repairs.

"It wasn't my responsibility because I didn't destroy my property. At one time the way it was going I thought I was going to have to pay for it myself because I kept getting the run around," said Sykes.

Sykes reached out to NBC12.

"I thank God for you all - Channel 12," said Sykes.

Last week the city forked over $400 for a new door.

"I can go on with my life," said Sykes.

According to a search warrant officers were at her home looking for a stolen television and the thief who took it. Police left the home empty handed.

Sykes says she lives alone and knows nothing about the stolen property. Sykes is now grateful she's being made whole.

"If it wasn't for Channel 12 and you Nicole Bell I would have ended up doing this myself," said Sykes.

Legally police are not liable for property damaged caused when executing a lawful search warrant.

If you're a property owner in a similar situation you may need to appeal to your council representative or other city leaders.

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