Tow company owes Sunrise almost $500,000 for 94 illegal tows — but it could have been worse

A towing company that got the boot in Sunrise after targeting cars at Sawgrass Mills mall has been ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in fines.

And that’s a deal, considering the fine against All County Towing could have come to more than $1.4 million.

Any company caught making illegal tows in Sunrise can face fines has high as $15,000 for each incident. And in 2015, All County illegally towed 94 cars near Sawgrass Mills mall over the Thanksgiving holiday.

In a ruling last week, Broward Circuit Judge Keathan Frink ordered All County to pay $411,000, or $4,372.34 per tow. At the city’s request, he tacked on $41,498 in interest and $4,475 in legal fees, bringing the final tally to $457,520.

All County’s drivers ran afoul of the city’s towing rules in November 2015, Sunrise officials say.

Following up on a tip, police discovered that All County illegally towed 94 cars from seven businesses near Sawgrass Mills mall. In the most blatant case, 27 cars were hauled away even after the property owner told All County not to tow them, police said.

Attorneys for All County argued the shoppers were “predatory parkers” and insisted no rules were broken. City commissioners were not swayed.

In January 2016, just two months after the towing incident, Sunrise yanked All County’s permit.

At the time, Commissioner Larry Sofield scolded the company for thumbing its nose at the city’s rules.

“I never want to see your company in my city again,” Sofield said.

All County was eligible to apply for a new permit in January 2018, but currently does not operate in Sunrise, city officials said.

Anyone who thinks their car was illegally towed in Sunrise can call the Sunrise Police Department at 954-746-3600 to file a report.

Susannah Bryan can be reached at or 954-356-4554. Find her on Twitter @Susannah_Bryan.

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