Friday, October 3, 2014


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Posted on October 3, 2014.


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From: Anglen, Robert  
Date: Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 9:40 AM
Subject: Story on camelback consign
To: Glenn Michaels  

Story is in today's paper. Your blog is mentioned prominently in the story. Thanks for all of your help. Here is a link:





Courtney Chamberlin Taylor submitted the following complaint to the Attorney General a few months back. A shorter form of this story appears in the post, Complaints, Complaints, Complaints > #15.

To ensure the widest possible visibility, I took the liberty of transcribing Courtney's handwritten complaint form. All three pages of that complaint will be found below so that you can be check the quality of the transcription, as needed.

I have never met Courtney Taylor. She found my blog and contacted me through it. 

We have periodically communicated by email. Courtney previously worked in Washington D.C., for Senator Sessions of Alabama. Courtney's ex- now works for Arizona Senator Jeff Flake. Neither fact, it seems,  has spared her from the miseries described below nor enabled her to obtain any form of justice or recompense. 

I should add that on the very day I was retrieving what I could from Camelback Consign & Design, I saw many unopened boxes labeled as fragile with the names of various birds, in the back area beside my own items. Later, I would learn that those Dorothy Doughty designed porcelain birds belonged to Courtney Taylor. They have not been recovered.

NOTE: Transcribed content appears below the image it is derived from.

The initial page, not numbered as a scanned file, lists the name of the consumer making the complaint as:

Courtney Chamberlin Taylor
104-B Du Rhu Drive
Mobile, AL  36608

Best number to call during day: (205) 427-9764


Camelback Consign & Design – owner: Mike Burns
1030 East Camelback Road
Phoenix AZ

Firm closed its facility around May 27, 2014; see attached documents. Call owner, Mike Burns at 602.377.1589

Office of Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne

Consumer Complaint Form Continued

I have been victimized by Mike Burns, owner of Camelback Consign & Design, quite recently, and the entire avoidable situation has left me traumatized.

In October of 2013, I consigned highly valuable family antiques and collectibles w/ Mike Burns, and painfully regret the decision. At first, Mr. Burns was the nicest guy when it came to removing the items from my recently passed (Oct 2013) grandmother’s apartment at La Sienna and my house, as I was going through a divorce at the time.

Mr. Burns promised not to sell one piece until we’d sat down, discussed each line items, & agreed upon the pricing. Well, I could never get him to commit to sitting down w/me to discuss the value(s) of the items. He always had an excuse, lie or story about why we could not move forward.

The beginning of 2014, I borrowed money for a plane ticket, hired more movers, rented a moving truck & paid Mike Burns a visit at his shop. Immediately after entering, I saw a lot of my stuff w/prices displayed as well as “sold” signs.

I couldn't believe it! I was horrified. Even though I was able to recover some items, the majority is still missing. While I did call the police who did respond onsite @ Mr. Burns’ shop, they did absolutely nothing except tell me to hire a lawyer.

Last I checked, theft of personal property is unlawful, why is this crook repeatedly allowed to get away with committing illegal acts that victimize Mr. Burns’ clients?

In any event, during this “surprise ambush, Jan. 2014”), Mr. Burns proceeded to tell me the rest of my property was offsite at another storage location or at “Brinks”… some kind of highly secure storage venue. I offered to take my movers and truck to the offsite storage location yet he refused to tell me the address. Instead he promised his movers were bringing my stuff and that he’d pick up my sterling silver at Brinks as well as the 17th century dining chairs (8) he sold to a “friend”.

I was never informed for how much the chairs sold for, saw a dime after these items were sold, nor did I ever agree to sell them because Mr. Burns could never make the time to discuss pricing.

For five consecutive days, I stayed at a hotel in Phoenix every day going back to Mr. Burns’ store, hoping against hope Mr. Burns would make good on his promise and return my items. I literally begged him for my stuff, tears pouring down my face, sitting at his shop all day, all night until 1:00 am – 2:00 am, some nights. I finally realized that I was powerless - - he did not care of my circumstance or that I came all the way back to Arizona to claim what is rightfully mine because he is a predator & crook.

There never were movers allegedly bringing the rest of my property… Mike Burns was prepared to sit it out with me until would just go away, which I finally did. I had no choice at the time. I had to go back to Alabama and start a new life and find a job after going through divorce & losing my grandmother.

Following multiple losses I had no choice but to move back to my home state of AL and continually call and email Mr. Burns. Not only was he at many time unresponsive but he knew he “had me over a barrel”, as he’d also volunteered to have his “professional movers” drive my personal furniture (not consigned) from Arizona to Alabama. Six weeks later I was still sleeping on a blow-up mattress with not one piece of furniture in my rental house. I finally was able to get in touch with one of his “professional movers” who after them $7K, delivered roughly 60% of my furniture. Yes, this situation is confusing and convoluted. In conclusions, Mike burns continues to possess my antiques, collectibles as was as the furniture items (I) NEVER agreed to consign.

Attached is the manifest of items /property Mr. Burns either has in his custody and is unwilling to relinquish or has sold and is unwilling to compensate me for my portion.

Also attached are photos with corresponding reference numbers of most of my items, copies of emails I was copied on w/regard to the media, ABC, Channel 15, Joe Ducey, has run exposing Mike Burns, owner of Camelback Consign & Design, as a perpetrator who preys on victims.

At your earliest convenience, please respond and state what the attorney general intends to do about these egregious acts Mike Burns has committed against me and countless number of other victims. It is AG Horne’s civil duty to protect innocent victims and to prevent this unfortunate, traumatic sequence of event to occur again.

Please contact me with questions via email @ or via cell at 205.427.9764.

Thank you,

Courtney Taylor


Take a look at pix of Courtney's missing items:

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