Robert Schuster traded in his 2005 black Hummer for a motorcycle at Freedom Cycles.
Robert Schuster traded in his 2005 black Hummer for a motorcycle at Freedom Cycles.

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (WFLA) — Robert Schuster traded in his 2005 black Hummer for a motorcycle at Freedom Cycles. But, owner Ronnie Pownall failed to pay off the loan and has been pretending the Hummer is his.

Schuster has seen him driving around town and then he saw Pownall on News Channel 8, driving away from questions from 8 On Your Side Investigator Shannon Behnken.

“You can’t miss it, it’s huge, it’s jacked up, it’s got 37-inch tires, 20 inch chrome wheels,” Schuster said.

He thought his deal with Freedom Cycles was fine, until he got his car payment in the mail.

“I’ve proof of ownership of the vehicle,” he said. “I should be able to get it back. He’s driving around in a stolen vehicle.”

But, Ronnie and Freedom Cycles stopped answering his calls, so 8 On Your Side paid them another visit.

We found the business closed, and we found the Hummer parked out back. The tag on the Hummer is actually registered to another vehicle, also not owned by Pownall. Apparently, Pownall switched the tags, which is against the law.

Pownall owes thousands to customers who left their bikes at Freedom Cycles on consignment. He sold the bikes, but didn’t pay up.

Pownall would not come out and answer questions.

Today, he sent this statement: “Freedom Cylces Corporation has closed as of 06-04-2016 due to economics hardship and is closed. Freedom Cylces retained an attorney who intends to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy this coming week, that your goal is to make everyone whole and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

Meanwhile, Pinellas Park Police also paid Pownall a visit and took back the Hummer. They confiscated paperwork and launched an investigation.WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW: