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Car Stolen, Stripped, and Found Abandoned By Authorities

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Unplugged, unscrewed, and completely disassembled; after being stolen over the weekend the Mazda CX-9 is now back on the lot at John Lee Nissan minus thousands of dollars in parts.

"This is extremely difficult," said Erasmo Rebolledo, a Sales Associate at John Lee Nissan Mazda. "It would require power tools, air compressors, time, man power, and know-how. This wasn't amateurs.

"It's not scratched and everything looked like it was professionally taken off."

Employees from John Lee reported the vehicle stolen Monday.  The vehicle was taken for a test drive on Saturday and was stolen some time between Saturday and Sunday. Sheriff's deputies found the vehicle yesterday afternoon in the Wild Heron Subdivision.

Sales associates says, despite missing parts, the car was in imaculate condition making it look like a professional job. Panama City Police say the vehicle had dealer stickers on the windows with a "13" stamped on the windshield.

"That is the prime suspicion right now," said Detective Raymond Perkins from Panama City Police. "The vehicle was driven off the lot. The key fob could have been left in the vehicle. We have no indicators that a tow truck entered the parking lot.

"There are cameras in the parking lot, but nothing shows anything out of the ordinary for the evening."

"This is a professional job," said Rebolledo. "This wasn't little kids doing this. It's a real shame."

Most of what was left inside the vehicle had traceable serial numbers and the radio that has a GPS locator was not taken. Tires, doors, seats, car battery, head lights, tail lights, and grill were all stolen. The body style of the 2013 model has been changed from previous models.

"So, not every part is compatible with previous models but some are and obviously they knew what they were doing," said Rebolledo.

Police are relying on the public for help. If you have any information about this incident contact Panama City Police Department at 872-3112.