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Classic Car Thief is on the Loose

Police suspect a car theft ring is at work



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    There have been three vintage cars stolen in the month of July; all red, all Chevys and all classics.

    Three classic cars have been stolen in recent weeks in the San Fernando Valley, raising suspicions that a car theft ring is at work.

    In the latest theft, a red 1959 Chevrolet Impala was stolen Friday night from the owner's home in Chatsworth.

    "They called it the Batmobile," because of its big fins, said owner Rhonda Graham.

    She said someone cut the lock on a gate and took the car she had owned since high school -- 48 years ago.

    On July 17, another 1959 red Chevrolet Impala convertible was stolen from 224 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale, said Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department.

    The bright red Impala has a white convertible top and a plain interior and Tennessee license plate number 091WDZ, said Lorenz.

    Two black men, one wearing a khaki colored cap and the second wearing a white T-shirt with black and white checkered pants, were caught on a security camera taking the vehicle, added Lorenz.

    "One suspect was seen coming out of the silver minivan parked next to the victim vehicle," said Lorenz.

    The owner of the car has offered a $5,000 reward for the return of the car or information on the people who may have taken it.

    On July 7, a customized 1957 Chevy Bel Air was discovered missing from an auto shop at 7528 Reseda Blvd. in Reseda.

    The car is also a red convertible, with a tan interior, and was inside the transmission shop when it was taken.

    The car's license plate number is 5HEINZ7, and anyone with information on the vehicle was asked to call the West Valley Detective Unit at (818) 374- 7730.

    Police said the car is a "showpiece" valued at about $150,000.

    The other two cars are also said to be worth nearly $100,000.

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