Former car thief becomes victim of crime

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A former car thief has now become the victim of the crime that he used to commit more than four decades ago.

Clayton “Rabbit” Veach was known back in the 70s for his life of crime involving stealing cars.

When asked how many cars he had stolen in his lifetime, the now 72-year-old man said he was unsure.

“I can't even remember. It's been so long, but I gave that all up. I gave that all up,” he told Nashville's News 2 Investigates.

Veach was eventually caught and served jail time for his life of crime.  

“[Car thefts] is what I have a life sentence for,” he said.

Paroled in 2005, Veach said he has been living a crime free life ever since.

On Friday, however, karma struck the now reformed car thief as his 1994 Z-28 was stolen from a Nashville parking lot.

Veach said he immediately called police, before noticing a tow truck circling the lot and leaving.

Knowing how a car thief works, Veach said quickly followed the truck.

According to Veach, the tow truck driver told him he is unsure where he was supposed to take the car or who called to have the vehicle towed.

Veach's car was later discovered at a LaVergne salvage shop where a man confirmed the 1994 Camaro had been towed and was currently being stored in a shed.

“We went over there and sure enough, it is my car,” Veach said.

Since the vehicle is older than 12-years-old, Tennessee law does not require the person selling the car to show a title.

Veach said he has sworn out a warrant and is working with the law to get his car back and bring the alleged car thieves to justice.

“It's kind of sad,” he said, when being asked how it felt to be the victim of a car theft.

Police are working to determine if the people who sold Veach's car are the same ones as stole the vehicle.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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