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Car lot targeted by thieves

May 07, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

Ron Byrd's used car lot and auto repair center on the Dual Highway has been targeted three times in the last week by thieves, who got away with one pickup truck and two stereos, Hagerstown City Police said Tuesday.

A 1978 brown Datsun truck with no license tags was reported stolen Monday morning, said Hagerstown Police Lt. Margaret Kline.

Police running a special check Monday night at Byrd Tyre at 1720 Dual Highway found a motor running on another truck, but a police dog scan failed to turn up anyone, Kline said.

Last Friday, it was reported that thieves tried to take 11 vehicles from Byrd's lot overnight. No vehicles were taken, but two car stereos were stolen, Kline said.

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Byrd, 69, said Tuesday he's never seen anything like this in the 24 years he's owned his business there, "not to this extent, no."

While he can remember two cars being taken from his lot, he said this seems to be a new way to take vehicles. He said the ignition was stolen from the Datsun's steering column and the switch apparently was used to make a key.

Kline said the number of attempted theft reports at the shop is unusual as well.

Byrd said it might be too expensive to hire guards to protect his lot, but "maybe a good fence would do it."

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