Robert Hadley Sep. 24, 2015, 12:41pm


An Edwardsville man is suing a storage company for allegedly taking his belongings without proper warning of late payments.

Plaintiff Gary Tedford filed suit on Sept. 1 in Madison County Circuit Court against Ace Ventures-Collinsville LLC, doing business as Ace Storage, citing breach of contract, the Self-Storage Facility Act, the Consumer Fraud Act, the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practice Act and conversion.

According to the complaint, Tedford began storing his personal belongings at Ace Storage on Aug. 23, 2014, with the understanding that he would receive a late payment notice if his payment were 10 days overdue. He alleges Ace Storage not only failed to send the 10-day reminder, but, they also neglected to advertise a public auction of Tedford’s belongings. Instead, Ace Storage allegedly distributed the plaintiff’s stored items to its employees and has refused to return them to the plaintiff.

Attorney Randall P. Steele of Steele Law Offices LLC in Glen Carbon is representing Tedford, who seeks compensation of more than $50,000 plus costs of the suit.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 15-L-1131.

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