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UPDATE (7/8) — Linwood Costin passed away Tuesday. Here’s his obituary posted in a local paper:

Linwood Nash Costin, 68, of Willard, died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Columbus Regional Healthcare System, Whiteville.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Moores Creek Baptist Church, Currie.

Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Park, Watha. Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home, Burgaw.


PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Sometimes, a finance company will let you skip a car payment. That turned into a mess for one Pender County man. He found out his truck was scheduled to be repossessed, but when he paid what was owed, the truck was still taken anyway.

“The following day, because of all the stress, my father had a heart attack,” Teresa Costin said.

She is speaking on behalf of her father Linwood, who is currently at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, unable to share his story with us.

Earlier this year, Linwood called Ally, formerly known as GMAC, to skip his truck payment for March.

“He said when he called they told them they don’t usually skip a payment; they skip two,” Teresa said. “He said, ‘That’s fine,’ and he sent the amount they told him to for interest.”

March and April’s payments were skipped, but then May came.

“He called me at the end of May because his truck payment should’ve come out at that time, but they hadn’t taken it out,” Teresa said. “I told him he needed to call them and find out what’s going on.”

Turns out, Ally was in the process of repossessing his truck.

“He got very upset and asked what he needed to do to fix things,” Teresa said. “The guy told him he needed to go to the closest Western Union and wire them $567.”

Linwood got off the phone and went to Western Union. The Costins showed us his receipts showing he made that payment.

“He finished his shopping for that day, went home, and they came and took his vehicle anyways and has refused to return it,” Teresa said.

We contacted Ally, which promised to look into the situation.

“We want to thank you for bringing this customer issue to our attention,” Gina Carrier of Ally Financial Global Communications said. “Ally contacted the customer and is working to resolve the issue. Beyond that, I can’t provide details about the customers account without the signed consent form of the customer.”

Linwood Costin should be released from NHRMC by tomorrow. His daughter tells us doctors say he didn’t have any blockages that led to the heart attack, which is why she believes the stress did it.

Ally has now dropped off the truck. It was washed and had a full tank of gas. The company also waived June’s payment.

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