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In 1982, a young Marine stationed at Cherry Point, N.C. suffered a loss: his prized Mustang was stolen. This was no ordinary Mustang; it was a 1965 Shelby GT-350. The Marine soon deployed and never saw that car again—until 2007 when a National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) agent contacted him with news that his Mustang was located in Maryland.

In the intervening years since it was stolen, the Mustang’s true identity—its VIN—had been painstakingly altered and matched with a fraudulent title. It was then sold to an unsuspecting buyer who eventually put a new $12,000 Shelby engine in it.

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