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News Release

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Media Relations

Show Car Taken in Burglary

Value Is Estimated at $150K

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a stolen high-priced show car and the person(s) responsible for taking it.

On July 7, 2010, between 6 p.m. and about 1:30 a.m. of the following morning, a transmission shop in the 7500 block of Reseda Boulevard was burglarized.  Those responsible pried open a garage door, stole a car from inside and drove it away.  However, the stolen vehicle is no ordinary car.  It’s a customized 1957 Chevy Bel Air in pristine condition valued at $150,000.  Features of the red, two-door car, which is well known in the San Fernando Valley and to members of car clubs who preserve and restore classic autos, include a red convertible top and white upholstery.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact LAPD West Valley detectives at 818-335-8217.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.