Stripped vehicles found on roadside

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 29, 2005

GREENE COUNTY-For the last two months cars have mysteriously surfaced on Greene County Roads. Last week, two more were added to the total when the Greene County Sheriff’s Department found one vehicle stripped and another burned Monday.

The first was a 1983 Chevrolet pickup. Sheriff Johnny Isaac said parts and identification were missing from the vehicle, but it had not been burned as in previous incidents.

“We recovered a vehicle believed to be stolen,” Isaac said. “It had been partially stripped. The motor and transmission and side mirror were gone as well as the tags and vehicle identification numbers.”

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Isaac said they couldn’t be sure if the vehicle was stolen because they have not determined its origin and rightful owner. However, he said, there were suspicious circumstances.

“We don’t know from whence it came yet,” Isaac said. “We found it on Industrial Park Road. It seemed like they had tried to push it into one of the little lakes or ponds over there, but it didn’t work so they just left it on the side of the road.”

The same day the department recovered another vehicle off County Road 91 north of Boligee. This vehicle, Isaac said was burnt almost beyond recognition/

“We believe it was either a 1995 or a 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix,” Isaac said. “It was burned completely so there was little other information.”

Monday’s incidents come on the heals of two automobile thefts in Greene County. The first came Oct. 11 when Lemmuel Strode of Tuscaloosa reported a 1984 Chevrolet truck had been stolen from his property in Boligee.

Almost one week later, Ronald Starling of Boligee stopped into a local club only to find his 1996 Ford Thunderbird stolen when he came outside.

Starling’s vehicle was later found near its point of disappearance with damage to the ignition, hood, front windshield, right front fender and left rear fender.

Incidents were also reported in September.

Because the incidents are so different it is difficult to determine whether they are connected.