A dream recovered

One charged in theft of restored '68 Mustang
Oct. 26, 2013 @ 08:05 AM

A restored 1968 Ford Mustang valued at $40,000 that was reported stolen early Thursday was found the next night.

Rodney Greene, 46, who bought the car when he was 15 with long-term plans to restore it, said that the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office has told him the car suffered minor damage where someone had tried to pop the trunk and remove the ignition, but the car otherwise appeared to be OK. The car will remain impounded until Monday, so he can't get a look for himself until then.

"I want to thank the sheriff's department tremendously," a relieved Green said Friday. "A mighty burden has been lifted off my heart. This has been the best Friday I've had in a long time."

The car was stolen from a garage at Greene's parents' house on Collettsville Road sometime between 2:30 a.m. Thursday, when Greene's mother, Ella, went to sleep, and 5:30 a.m., when his brother, Jasper, arrived and saw the car was gone. Taken in addition to the car were four chainsaws, a generator, an electric sander and a battery charger. A four-wheeler had been moved to the bottom of the driveway, and someone had tried to hotwire it.

Based on information from interviews in the community, investigators went to a wooded area behind the home of Paul Thomas Marsh Jr., 42, of 2465 Collettsville Road and found the car there shortly after midnight Friday morning, a press release from the sheriff's office said. The house is less than two miles from where the car was stolen.

Marsh was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. His secured bond was set at $25,000.

The investigation is continuing, and more charges are expected, the sheriff's office said.