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Rocky Mount cars being towed illegally, crushed

Posted August 24, 2011 6:52 p.m. EDT

— Rocky Mount Police said someone is towing cars illegally from private property and crushing the cars at private salvage yard to earn money for the metal. 

Police said at least eight cars have been towed and turned in for metal this year. 

Targeted vehicles are usually 10 years or older or might be parked for extended periods of time with possible vegetation or growth on the vehicle. 

Authorities said the vehicles are often crushed before victims are aware the cars have even been stolen. 

Police said a 1995 Ford F-450 Rollback Wrecker with primer on the bed and the name "Bobbitt's Wrecker" on both doors and a blue, late-1980s to early-1990s model Ford truck have been used in the thefts. The Ford F-450 truck was reported stolen.