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Pontiac stolen, then swapped for Chevy



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A red 2007 Pontiac Torrent was stolen from Don Baugh Used Cars, near the Village at Muller Park apartment complex, over the weekend. The Pontiac was returned Monday, but another car – this time a gray 1985 Chevy K20 – was missing.

When the Pontiac went missing, the door to the shop had been pried open and its keys were also gone, according to police. Two other sets of keys were also missing from the owner’s desk drawer.

The Bloomington Police Department received a call about the missing vehicle around 9:30 a.m. Sunday and began investigating.

BPD was called back to the same location at 11 a.m. Monday when the Chevy went missing. The Pontiac was back in the lot unscathed.

This time, $500 worth of tools were also missing from the shop. Two windows and the store's mailbox were broken, police said.

Officers from Greene County located the Chevy parked in front of a trailer. A woman, Pam Welch, 33, was sitting in the vehicle when it was found Monday night.

Welch told police that Edward Lawson, 48, picked her up at a gas station after stealing the Pontiac Saturday.

Police located Lawson, the keys, equipment and a stolen laptop that was not initially reported were in the trailer.

Both Welch and Lawson admitted to theft when questioned and were booked.

Lawson has been charged by police with vehicle theft before. His last charge for it was Feb. 2014.

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