Wanna Trade? Thief Replaces ’32 Ford With A Ranger Truck

Photo Courtesy of Ocala.com

Photo Courtesy of Ocala.com

A Florida resident found out that unoccupied properties may not be the best place to store a classic car. According to Ocala.com, a neighbor noticed that the garage door to the vacant home was open and notified a deputy. The home had been unoccupied for approximately 6-months, but a relative figured that it was a safe place to store a 1932 Ford coupe.

Vacant homes tend to attract squatters, vandals, teenagers looking for a place to party, and of course thieves. However, this wasn’t exactly theft, at least in the eyes of the perpetrator; this individual or individuals decided to make a trade for the ’32 Ford. This person or persons, opted to leave a 2001 green Ford Ranger in the yard as a possible trade for the classic Ford. Although a Ranger hardly a fair trade for a deuce coupe, it might have been the thought that counted.

A woodland green 2001 Ford Ranger similar to this one was left in exchange for the rod. Photo from momentcar.com

Of course the car owner is probably pretty upset and the sheriff’s department looking for anyone who might have lead on the case, but so far the ’32 is still missing. However, the car owner should have thought about the safety of storing the Ford in a vacant home. Sure, everyone wants free garage storage, but they should consider the safety of the items they are storing. It would be nice not worry about what ifs, but in reality that is why insurance companies are in business. Hopefully, the ’32 will be found intact and this story will have a happy ending.

 

 

 

About the author

Lauren Camille

Lauren is a graduate of California State University Fullerton, and has experience working for several enthusiast publications. She enjoys drag racing, classic Fords, and vintage Lincolns. She currently races a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback, and has a soft spot for 1960’s Lincolns. Currently, her collection includes: ’04 Cobra Convertible, ’65 Mustang Fastback, ’04 F350 6.0 diesel, ’96 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a ’87 Jeep Wrangler. She provides insightful content as a freelance writer for Power Automedia.
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