Dream car stolen in the night
Rodney Greene mowed enough yards at age 15 to buy his dream car, a 1968 Ford Mustang fastback, a bargain at $1,500.
Greene kept it stowed away in a garage until he could one day afford to have it fully restored. That day came in 2005. Now sporting an Acupulco blue paint job, Magnum 500 wheels and a 351-cc, V8 engine, the Mustang is practically new from top to bottom.
Greene's pride and joy was stolen from the garage of his parents' home on Old Collettsville Road early Thursday, along with four chainsaws, a generator, an electric sander and a battery charger. The thefts were discovered by Greene's brother, Jasper, who stopped by the house about 5:30 a.m. and found his four-wheeler at the foot of the driveway. He then noticed two the light on inside the garage and the car missing. The news stunned Rodney.
"I was dumbfounded, I felt very violated," he said. "They knew what they were doing."
His mother, Ella Greene, figures the thieves snuck in after she went to bed about 2:30 a.m. She thinks they tried to hot-wire the four-wheeler first but were unable to. They had much better luck with the Mustang. The garage door was already open, so the only question is how the car was taken quietly.
"It's real loud, so there's no way they could have started it up. Besides, the keys were inside the house. They had to roll it down the driveway and then hot-wire it," she said.
A year ago, another four-wheeler was stolen from the property. A newspaper carrier saw two people loading it on a trailer in their driveway about 3:30 a.m. and called the sheriff's department, but the four-wheeler was never recovered.
"It's pitiful when people work so hard to have something, and somebody comes along who doesn't work and does something like this," Ella Greene said. "It's terrible."
Rodney grew up loving Fords. His father, Dennis Greene, is a Ford man and owned a few Mustangs himself. This was Rodney's dream car, and restoring it to its full glory was never a question.
Since the last coat of wax was applied and the final bolt put in place in 2005, he took it out for a spin no more than every other month. He last drove it this past spring. He hopes to one day be able to drive it again.
"I only hope they haven't messed my car up," he said. "It's amazing someone would stal a car you've had for years and worked to restore. I'm still in shell-shock."
A $5,000 reward has been offered for the safe return of the 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback, or the arrest of the person who stole it. Anyone with information is asked to call the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office at 758-2324.