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Visiting the 'stolen car capital'

October 03, 2008|By NANCY WALLECH, 75, Hagerstown

We left Hagerstown on a Friday morning a few years ago headed south to Dawsonville, Ga., for an open house at Bill Elliott's Racing Shop. Spent Friday night in Chattanooga, Tenn.

On Saturday morning, when we went to our van we found, in its place, a pile of broken glass. The policeman who came to investigate told us we may never see our van again. He also told us that Chattanooga was the "stolen car capital" of the U.S.

So we got a rental car and continued our trip to Georgia. On our return trip, the rental car broke down and we barely made it to an agency office. We got a second rental for our trip back to Maryland.

We went to eat our dinner and had dirty silverware and hair in our food.

We left on Sunday morning and returned home. Several days passed and we received a call that the car had been found - wrecked. Stolen by two 12-year-olds and a 13-year-old. The police told us not to expect compensation.

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It took 30 days of fighting with our insurance company to get everything settled and then we had one more inconvenience - the rental car had to be returned to the airport in Baltimore.

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