Haw River police are investigating the disappearance of a car from an auto repair business.
Police responded to Haw River Auto Center, 701 W. Main St., at 8:27 a.m. May 1 for a motor vehicle larceny call. The vehicle, a red 1968 Ford Mustang, was being repaired at the business, police said.
Sometime between 6 p.m. April 30 and 8 a.m. May 1, someone removed the vehicle from the fenced business. Assistant Police Chief Scott Thomas said the suspect(s) cut the fence to the right side of the gate, down the side of the main pole that the gate is hooked to.
Dale Johnson, the vehicle’s owner, and his wife Diana Miller contacted the Times-News for help locating the vehicle. Miller said her husband has spent seven years working on it.
“I had the engine rebuilt, and I have enjoyed this as a hobby the entire time,” Johnson said.
The vehicle was taken the night before he was supposed to pick it up, he said.
“It’s very disheartening due to the fact that it was my prized possession, and I have 58 pages of invoices that I can’t recover,” Johnson said. “My goal was to bring it to showroom condition plus added power steering and disc brakes.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 336-578-4141 or Crimestoppers at 336-229-7100.
Reporter Kate Croxton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-506-3078. Follow her on Twitter at @katecroxtonBTN.