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Thief makes off with General Lee

CONYERS - It must take some guts to steal one of the most recognizable cars in the world.

A 29-year-old Alabama man reported to the Conyers Police Department that his 1968 Dodge Charger "General Lee" replica was stolen from the parking lot of the Ramada Inn sometime early Sunday morning.

The victim told CPD Sgt. G. Sanders that he arrived at the Dogwood Drive motel sometime before midnight Saturday and then went to McDonald's to pick up some food.

"(The victim) unloaded the car from the car-hauler flatbed trailer and drove it to the restaurant," Sanders said in the incident report.

The man returned about 20 minutes later and left the bright orange car with the famous "01" on the door next to the truck and trailer he had parked across the parking spaces.

"When he arrived back to the parking lot the next morning, he found that his vehicle was gone," the officer reported.

The car was a replica of the General Lee from the television series, "The Dukes of Hazzard." All of the insignia, including the rebel flag on the top of the car, were painted on and were not decals, the victim told Sanders. The Alabama state tag for the vehicle was kept under the front seat and a novelty "Hazzard County" tag was displayed on the back of the vehicle. The estimated value of the car was $30,000.

The victim said he was in town to attend the Dukes of Hazzard convention taking place over the weekend and that several other General Lee cars would be in the area.

Dukes fans converged on the Square in Covington on Wednesday, June 25, and Sunday, June 29, for the Hazzard County Cruise-In. The Cruise-In was an opportunity for devotees of the television series to see where the original five episodes of "The Dukes of Hazzard" was filmed and to see one of the original General Lee cars, along with a number of replicas of one of the most recognizable cars in the world.

The Cruise-In was planned as a book-end to the popular Dukefest held Saturday and Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where many of the original cast appeared and signed autographs.

Aimee Jones can be reached at aimee.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.