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53-foot car hauler stolen in Stafford

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If a large, red, 53-foot-long car hauler has turned up in your neighborhood over the past few days, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office would like to hear from you.

Someone stole the hauler—valued at $45,000 and designed to haul up to seven cars at a time—from the Fredericksburg Auto Auction off U.S. 17 in Stafford, Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said. The theft occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. Friday and 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

The Sheriff’s Office was called after the theft was discovered Saturday morning, but the hauler was still missing as of Tuesday night. The 2012 Cottrell hauler would be worth about $70,000 new, police said.

“It’s not the kind of thing that just anybody could steal,” said Kennedy, who added that it would probably take someone with the tractor for an 18-wheeler and experience in handling such equipment to pull off such a heist.

The hauler, which belongs to a Northern Virginia man, was in the lot unsecured and was not attached to anything. It was not clear if the owner used it to bring cars to the auction or to take cars away.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 658-4450 or Crime Solvers at 659-2020.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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