Stolen cars were stored next to Bedford County Jail after recovery in late July 1965. (T-G file photo)
Recognize this location? The jail built in the mid-1980s - the one the state says is outdated - sits on this lot today. Some of you may remember when Bedford County Emergency Medical Service was first formed in the late 1960s-early 1970s and operated from a trailer and carport at this location for a few years.
The cars lined up along the fence were recovered from a vehicle theft ring, according to the T-G caption with this photo dated July 29, 1965. They appear to be two 1965 GTOs, three 1965 Impalas, one 1964 Impala and one 1964 Galaxie, and all flashy two-door hardtops. I don't know where the Jeep fits in.
Go here for a larger view, but this photo is a little fuzzier (no pun intended) then the ones I usually post.
Speaking of vehicles, the license plate indicates the Pontiac Bonneville at right was the sheriff's car. I'm not sure what the object is in the trunk but it looks like maybe the antenna for his police radio. I think B.H. Sanders was sheriff then; during those days he and his relatives who served as deputies patrolled in big Pontiacs and Buicks that were not originally manufactured as police cars.
The house pictured was almost new at that time and was the sheriff's residence; in earlier times sheriffs' families had actually lived in the old rock jail. I've always wondered what that was like. The house is now attached to the 1980s jail and used as the jail office; I visit that office occasionally and you can still see signs of it having been a private residence.
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