“I have put a hold until further review,” Sheriff Terry Maketa said today in an email.
Sheriff’s deputies armed with a court order obtained by A-1 Collections Inc., a collections agency hired by the city of Colorado Springs, emptied out the cash registers of at least two Ace Loans pawn shops Friday, according to employees.
“It’s the stormwater troopers,” Assistant Manager Charley Bliss said Friday.
Ace Loans owes the city about $15,000 in unpaid fees from the now-defunct Stormwater Enterprise.
Click here to read more about what happened at Ace Loans on Friday.
In the email, Maketa said he is not a fan of so-called till taps in which deputies execute a court order to seize cash and coins from a business that owes a debt.
Maketa said he believes it’s an outdated practice.
“I did have my attorney review the court documents, and they were lawful orders of the courts, and I am bound by those orders under Colorado Law,” Maketa wrote.
“Having said that, the order doesn’t mention the exact date of service, so as of yesterday evening, I have put a hold until further review,” he wrote.
Maketa also said he spoke with Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and a member of his staff, who “were not aware of this tactic being used by their contractor and they both expressed great concern,” Maketa wrote.
“Based on that information, I think the responsible thing to do is to offer an opportunity for our city to review this contract and determine if it is a practice they wish for their contractor to engage in. I personally do not believe it is, but I could be wrong,” he wrote.
Maketa was responding to an email from anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce and said he was “sure” that city officials would have many of the same questions that Bruce raised to Maketa in an email.