Happy ending for owner of stolen classic Chevelle

Crime

A classic car, worth tens of thousands of dollars, was stolen from a Wichita auto shop Monday morning. But thanks to social media, the sweet ride is back with its owner. 

“I feel overjoyed. I can’t believe it,” said David Thompson.

It’s a completely different feeling than Thompson and his wife Diana were feeling just hours before when their 1970 Chevy Chevelle was stolen from an auto body shop on West 31st Street South.

“I’ve had other things stolen there,” said Larry Steele, owner of L.W.S. “But, they’ve never been inside my shop. This was the first time anybody’s ever been inside the shop. And, the gentleman that owns it, it was one of the toughest phone calls I’ve ever had to make, telling him his car was gone.”

“They actually cut the locks on the gate and broke into the building,” said Diana Thompson.

The couple says at the time, it felt like losing a part of their family.

“They get to be kind of a family thing,” said David Thompson. “And, you take them to shows and you put them in parades and take the kids with you, a lot of enjoyment.”

But on Monday night, thanks in part to social media posts, the missing classic was found in a parking lot, not far from where it was stolen. 

And now that Thompson and his car have been reunited, he’s able to share some humor. 

“Right now we’re going to go home and lock it up in a garage, maybe two or three locks,” he said.

Earlier this month, another classic car was stolen from an auto repair shop, just a few miles from where the Thompson’s car was stolen. 

Wichita Police Officer Paul Cruz says they do not believe the two cases are related. 

Police are still searching for the suspect who stole the Thompson’s Chevelle.       
 

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