NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The ripple effect of a federal investigation in New Hanover County has reached overseas to a serviceman deployed to Iraq.
Kent Lichtenfels contacted WECT in hopes of finding some answers about his Land Rover when he saw an earlier report of it being towed away on March 25. He said his wife sent him a link of the story, and he could not believe what he saw.
"I thought 'Are you kidding me?'," he said over the phone Tuesday. "That's my truck that they're taking."
Lichtenfels said he bought the car from GB 4x4 about three years ago and he's had no trouble with the business. In fact, he left his truck with the business when he left for his deployment. Now he has questions for the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but no one will give him any answers.
"To be honest, they haven't even told me where my truck is right now," said Lichtenfels. "They don't know."
The federal agencies involved have not released much information because of the on-going investigation, and Licthenfels said he worries if he'll ever see his truck again. Because the Land Rover does not belong to the business involved in the investigation, Lichtenfels said his property should be returned.
"I'm going to leave in a week for my scheduled vacation and I'm not going to have my truck," he said.
Lichtenfels said he's reached out to a mechanic to fix his other car in hopes of having a usable form of transportation when he's back in town.
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