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 Police said that Donald Wilson, 91, of Auburn, N.H., wanted his 1926 Ford Model T (above) restored. George Owen (below) faces charges in the theft and sale of the classic car, police said.
Police said that Donald Wilson, 91, of Auburn, N.H., wanted his 1926 Ford Model T (above) restored. George Owen (below) faces charges in the theft and sale of the classic car, police said. MANCHESTER, N.H., POLICE DEPARTMENT

A 91-year-old New Hampshire man thought he was sending his 1926 Ford Model T to be repaired for one last cruise. Instead, police say, the supposed mechanic sold the antique car and pocketed the money.

Donald Wilson of Auburn, N.H., reported that in July he asked George Owen, 38, of Manchester, N.H., to restore his antique car so he could take it out for one last spin, Manchester police said.

Wilson told police that Owen had performed odd jobs for him in the past. Rather than repair the car, police said, Owen sold it to his landlord for more than $5,000.

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Based on their investigation, Manchester police arrested Owen Thursday on theft charges. The Model T was recovered and returned to Wilson, police said.


Colin A. Young can be reached at Colin.Young@Globe.com.