“Not and un

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 28, 2008

Langley: Not an uncommon crime



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GALLION &045; Thursday morning Morgan LeCroy woke up to go to school as he does every morning. He grabbed his things and headed toward the door to get into his pick-up truck. But this morning, his truck would not be the vehicle taking him to school.

According to his mother Denise Cannon, the truck had been stolen from their front yard. By 8:30 a.m., after Marengo County Sheriff&8217;s deputies came to investigate, LeCroy’s truck had been found approximately five miles from their home off County Road 54.

Wayne LeCroy, Morgan&8217;s uncle, and a fellow employee of Gaddy Electric saw the truck, which was engulfed in flames, on their way to a job site. As they reached the truck, the two grabbed two backpacks out of the truck&8217;s bed and worked to put out the flames.

After the flames were extinguished, a search of the vehicle revealed the stereo system had been completely ripped out and stolen.

According to Marengo County Sheriff Jesse Langley, whose office is investigating the case, a crime such as this is not uncommon. Just a few miles from Cannon&8217;s vehicle, another completely burned out vehicle was found recently.

Although LeCroy’s vehicle was found just a few miles from another burned vehicle, Langley said he doubts the two cases are related. In most cases, Langley said a carjacker is on his way through the county trying to get somewhere else and ends up discarding the vehicle. The most common reason for burning out a vehicle, he said, is to remove any evidence, especially fingerprints.

But for Morgan LeCroy and his family, the damage to his vehicle is more than just another case number.