3 NH men plead guilty to taking Mass. muscle car

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WORCESTER (AP) -- Three New Hampshire men have pleaded guilty in connection with the mysterious disappearance of a restored muscle car from the garage of a Massachusetts home.

Patrick Peryer, Kurtis Lavigne, and Steven Montanez, all of Manchester, N.H., pleaded guilty Thursday in Worcester to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. All received one-year suspended sentences with probation.

Authorities say the 1973 purple Dodge Challenger lovingly restored by Aaron Dahrooge disappeared last March from the garage at his deceased mother's foreclosed Worcester home.

A neighbor told Dahrooge the subcontractor hired by Bank of America to secure and winterize the home had taken the car.

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/WssIJ7 ) reports that the damaged hot rod was found five months later in Manchester, N.H.

Montanez, the subcontractor's owner, originally faced a motor vehicle larceny charge.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com


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