Calgary Police recover vintage car after it was stolen off the street

CALGARY — A Calgary man says he will never leave his vintage 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS on the street overnight again.

Rob Cook received good news earlier this week when the car, which he purchased from a Michigan auto dealer for $55,000 in 2013, was found hidden away in a Calgary garage after it was stolen from outside a business last October.

He says it only has minor damage and thieves ended up sawing through the steering wheel lock to drive it away.

Officers believe the car, which is blue with black racing stripes and a 7.4-litre, 360-horsepower engine, was destined for a buyer outside of Alberta.

Police have not made any arrests but say the investigation continues.

Staff Sgt. Graeme Smiley says police followed up on tips from the public to recover the car.

“We don’t feel that this vehicle, because it stands out in the community, was driven around Calgary. It was absolutely being hidden, likely to be transported to another jurisdiction,” he said Friday.

Police also recovered a stolen truck and trailer which they believe was going to be used to transport the car.

Cook said he won’t let the car out of his sight again.

“Whenever I take it outside and I go to a restaurant, I’m going to park it in front of the window and I’m going to be looking at it the whole time because it doesn’t take professional thieves very long to be able to steal a car like this,” Cook said.

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