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Woman has vehicles towed she doesn't own, police say
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A woman faces theft charges after she hired a tow truck to tow away vehicles that didn’t belong to her, selling them for profit at a scrap metal establishment.
The woman, Lisa M. Porterfield, 35, faces multiple charges of theft and has been bound over to the grand jury on the counts.
According to sheriff’s investigator Travis Thaxton, the woman stole six vehicles from three or four different victims.
“She was contacting a tow truck driver out of another county and having him come tow them away,” Thaxton said, noting the victims, all Hispanic males, were away from home at work at the time. “She would then have the wrecker driver take them where she would sell them for scrap.”
The thefts happened at several areas including Gath-Lucky, Beersheba Highway and Magness Drive. One victim lost three vehicles.
The vehicles were reported stolen by the victims who returned home to find their property missing. Porterfield reportedly knew the victims and her mother, Belinda Harness, who died recently, reportedly helped sell them to the scrap yards. The vehicles were scrapped by the time it was learned what became of them.
Thaxton said Porterfield even rode with the wrecker driver one time to point out the vehicle to tow. The cars were all older model vehicles.