Vehicle Reported Stolen Was Actually Hidden by Weeds in Yard

A Dacula woman thought her van had been stolen but later realized the vehicle was in her yard the whole time.

Tall grass and weeds were to blame for a stolen vehicle report earlier this week.

A 78-year-old Dacula woman called police on May 14 to report that her deceased husband’s 1973 Chevrolet van was missing. The woman said the van, which is inoperative, had been parked in the front yard of her home.

The report was taken over the phone at the request of the complainant. During her conversation with the officer, the woman, according to the police report, “indicated that there were no signs of forced entry but was not entirely certain that the doors had been locked.”

Later that day, the woman called police to advise the vehicle had been located. An officer went to the residence to meet with the woman who explained the van had been parked in the yard the whole time.

“The complainant stated she could not see the vehicle which was covered by the tall grass that grew around the vehicle and she automatically assumed the vehicle was stolen,” the officer wrote in the incident report.

The van was located exactly where it had last been seen, the officer noted.

Other recent incidents investigated by the Gwinnett County Police Department include: 

May 9

  • Burglary in the 200 block of Carleton Gold Trail.
  • Theft by taking in the 800 block of Dacula Road.

May 10

May 11

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  • Burglary in the 2800 block of Crystal Ridge Drive.

May 12

  • Simple battery in the 2800 block of Austin Ridge Drive.
  • Financial transaction card fraud in the 500 block of Dacula Road.
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  • Battery in the 1300 block of Auburn Road.
  • Amphetamine possession near the intersection of Harbins Road and Highway 316.

May 14

  • Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in the 3300 block of Braselton Highway.
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May 15

  • Simple battery in the 2100 block of Glen Hope Lane.
  • Theft by shoplifting in the 1700 block of Winder Highway.

May 16

  • Burglary in the 900 block of Harbins Road. 

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Rick May 26, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Did the Dacula woman report her lawn mower stolen too?


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