DARTMOUTH — Paul Levasseur hadn’t opened his garage in a few days as he used his “daily driver” to get to and from work in Assonet.
But on Friday, he opened that garage on Green Drive only to find that his treasured 1932 Ford Tudor 2-door sedan was missing, leaving a huge hole in the garage and a huge knot in the pit of his stomach.
His wife, Brenda, told The Standard-Times, “He’s just so exhausted. He knows a lot of people and has been getting five or six calls a day saying they heard about the car.” Again, there’s that knot in the stomach all over again.
The Dartmouth Police Department is treating this as a stolen car, one that has a fresh coat of black paint and is worth $66,000, said Brenda.
And yes, the car is insured.
But that’s not the point. The point is how did a car thief manage to remove a 1932 Ford from a garage right next to the house, and do it with nobody noticing.
Brenda’s Facebook page has been peppered with condolences, people trying to be supportive and helpful. One friend posted saying the car had been spotted on the road somewhere in the rural towns of SouthCoast. That prompted Brenda to post fliers around the Assonet area hoping someone will have seen something.
One of the Levasseurs’ neighbors offered the clue that he saw two suspicious men in a car parked on the street near their home, only to speed off when he approached.
Brenda even took the trouble to contact an organization called the Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association. The group posted the information about the Ford on its website, which is chock full of stolen classic cars.
After five days, the truth is the car could be almost anywhere. All it takes is a truck big enough to swallow it and spirit it away. Or, the car might still be in the area hidden away in the knowledge that everybody is looking for it.
In the four years they owned it, that rare Ford unlocked the door to the culture of classic cars. They joined the dozens of proud owners of rare vintage cars, traveling to car shows and setting up the lawn chairs for a day of socializing with others who have the same passion. Brenda said that they had dialed back their participation as they entered retirement. But the loss of the car is still especially painful.
Anyone who has information is asked to call Detective Joe Catana at 508-910-1781.
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