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Woman says person with heavy perfume stripping son's car

By Regina Wright 340-2439

Connie Johnson of New Center Road in Morgan County believes that someone wearing cheap, heavy perfume plans to slowly strip her son's 1990 5.0 Ford Mustang.

Johnson also believes her dogs know the culprit or culprits because they do not bark and "those dogs bark at everything."

The family's car ordeal began when someone easing about their yard late Monday or early Tuesday took stereo equipment from the car. The family filed a theft report with the Morgan County Sheriff's Department about 6 p.m. Tuesday.

About 10 minutes after the deputy left their house, she and her son walked outside. She could smell heavy, cheap perfume the minute she reached the steps. The odor was not there when the deputy arrived, so she believes someone stood and watched.

Her son left for work and returned. About 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, her daughter-in-law was getting her grandchild ready for school. She opened the front door so the bus driver would know they were getting ready. Her daughter-in-law went in the kitchen and turned on a light. She heard something that sounded as if someone dropped the car hood. She ran and shut the front door.

Further investigation revealed that a "cool intake" or chrome part was gone from under the car's hood.

Johnson said the deputy told her he didn't know anything the department could do, however, she wants to warn neighbors what is happening.

"It's like they are stripping the Ford Mustang piece by piece," she said, adding that missing items amount to roughly $1,000.

That angers her because "my son works very hard for what he gets and he can't drive the car now. It's his work car.

"I didn't know anything else to do but call the newspaper," said Johnson.

She hopes that pawn shops or parts people will look out for these items: two 10-inch Lightning audio subs in a box; one Lightning audio 450 watt amplifier; one JVC detached face CD player and the cool return chrome piece.

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