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LENOIR, N.C. -- A Lenoir man was arrested and charged Friday in the theft of a man s dream car -- a 1968 Mustang taken from the victim s garage on Collettsville Road on Thursday night.

Caldwell County sheriff s investigators charged Paul Thomas Marsh Jr. with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Marsh was in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 in secured bonds. His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday in Caldwell County District Court in Lenoir.

Sheriff Alan Jones said early leads in the case led sheriff s deputies to woods behind Marsh s home, also on Collettsville Road. That s where deputies found the $40,000 car just after midnight, about 18 hours from when the car was reported stolen, Jones said.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call sheriff s detectives at 828-759-1554. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.

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