Police say car shop used parts from stolen autos

All Tune manager charged in felony theft

September 24, 1999|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

A manager of a Columbia auto repair shop has been charged with taking parts from stolen cars and in at least one instance installing them into his car, Howard County police say.

David E. Paschall Jr., 40, was arrested Sept. 17, and police said yesterday they expect to make more arrests.

Police charged Paschall, of the 300 block of Bigley Ave. in Baltimore, with two counts of felony theft and one count of misdemeanor theft.

While executing a search warrant last week at the All Tune and Lube in the 6400 block of Dobbin Center Way, police said, they found parts from a 1990 Ford Mustang stolen in Catonsville Aug. 29. Among those parts were the hood, engine, transmission and doors, police said.

Police also discovered parts from a 1989 Dodge Spirit stolen from Anne Arundel County, according to charging documents.

In the manager's tool box in the shop, police said, they found a vehicle tag stolen from a car parked at the shopping center.

Stolen parts were installed in the manager's car, charging documents state.

The Mustang was discovered Sept. 13 behind a store next to the repair shop, charging documents state. It had been burned.

The owners of the 1990 Ford Mustang -- Anna Valentina Williams, 59, of Clifton, Pa., and her son, Robert Williams Jr., 31, of Catonsville -- said the car held sentimental value because it had been owned by Anna Williams' husband, Robert Williams Sr., who died in 1996.

"It's one of the last things I remember about my dad," Robert Williams said.

The family called the car VAROOM, and put the name on the tag. But the senior Williams liked to call the car VA ROOM, saying VA stood for the Veterans Administration, Robert Williams said. His father was a Marine veteran.

According to the police report, the car had an alarm and a steering wheel bar when it was stolen from in front of Robert Williams' Catonsville home. "The only thing that was left was a snipped wire tip" from the alarm, Robert Williams said.

Robert Williams said he invested nearly the cost of the car, $23,000, into upgrading it, and estimated it was worth about $45,000.

"I will never do that again," he said. "What do you have to show for it [when] some lunatic takes it?"

Paschall -- who was released on his own recognizance -- did not return phone calls.

A manager at the All Tune and Lube shop said yesterday that "changes have been made."

Police said their investigation is continuing. "There will be more arrests," said Sgt. Morris Carroll, a Howard County police spokesman.

Pub Date: 9/24/99

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