Thieves tow away man’s broken down van

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 6, 2005

GREENE COUNTY-Stolen vehicles continue to be a problem in Greene County and last Tuesday, the trend continued. Tuscaloosa native William Maxtion informed Greene County Sheriff’s Deputies Nov. 29 his 1993 Chevrolet van, which was experiencing mechanical problems, was stolen after he was forced to abandon the vehicle to seek help.

Greene County Sheriff’s Department Administrator Deloris Plump said Maxtion said he left the van just off Interstate 59-20 when it would not crank.

“He had left it on exit 52 and said, when he returned, it was gone,” Plump said. “He was having some mechanical problems and he said when he came back it had disappeared.”

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Because the van would not crank, Plump said, they believe it had to be towed.

According to the report, the van itself was worth $3,000, however, there were several items inside.

Maxtion, who was heading to Tuscaloosa, reported bicycles, valued at $370, two coats, valued at $115, a drill set, valued at $199, a basketball, valued at $26, a football, valued at $12 and a set of spark plugs, valued at $34 stolen.

As of Monday, there were no suspects and the case remained under investigation.