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LOCK your trailer up !

DISABLE your tow vehicle so it cannot be stolen

If you can - back your trailer up to a barrier

of some type (another vehicle - a wall - etc.)

PARK a second vehicle in front of your tow vehicle

Several high dollar cars were stolen at Good Guys

at Indianapolis recently .... tsk.gif

Wherever you park - you are at risk

Don't be a target for thieves ..... Twocents.gif

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*** FWIW, Hagerty Insurance clients can purchase LoJack for Classics at a discount price.


4 classic vehicles stolen from 3 Indianapolis hotels after car show

The owner of the $300,000 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle apparently wasn’t the only target. Keith Parmer woke up Sunday to find that his classic car had been stolen from his box trailer parked at a hotel on Rockville Road. About three miles south, near Sam Jones Expressway, Dennis Quin watched from a hotel window as someone drove away with his custom 1949 Chevrolet truck. At another hotel on the Northeastside, Nicholas Tape found that his 1987 Chevrolet Silverado, as well as his uncle’s 1979 Chevy Short Box, were snatched, too.

All of the vehicles were brought from out of town for last weekend’s Good Guys 3rd Speedway Nationals, a car show at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All of the vehicle are worth thousands of dollars. Wednesday, IndyStar.com and The Indianapolis Star published a story about Parmer’s Chevelle, which was stolen outside Wingate Hotel. Some readers called The Star about similar thefts.Further investigation found that at least four classic or custom vehicle were stolen Sunday. One has been found.

Quin said his wife heard a loud bang about 7 a.m. He looked out the window of the Ramada Hotel on Fortune Circle West where the couple were staying and saw that his box trailer’s ramp was down. Someone already was driving away in his car. “I was mad as heck and shocked,” Quin said. “They went over the overpass on the expressway driving like an idiot. It’s something I’m not going to forget.”

Tape’s truck, as well as his uncle’s, was stolen around the same time at Days Inn and Suites on Craig Street in Castleton. His uncle’s Chevy Short Box was found in Indianapolis on Monday, but his truck remains missing. It’s unclear if the incidents were related. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was unable to comment Wednesday night. Were the thefts a coincidence?

Consider, for instance, at La Quinta Inn on Executive Drive, just across the street from where Quin’s truck was stolen, at least two boxed trailers were broken into. One belongs to Tom Hulting of East Peoria, Ill. He said his 1947 Ford Club Coupe, which also was part of the car show, would have been stolen had he decided to put it inside his trailer instead of parking it at the front of the hotel.

Parmer said he invested about $300,000 on remodeling his Chevelle. Quin and Tape both said they spent about $30,000 on their vehicles. All have new and custom-made parts bought from across the country.

Frank Scafidi, a spokesman for the National Crime Bureau, an Illinois-based nonprofit organization that investigates vehicle thefts and insurance fraud, said it’s likely that the vehicles have not been disassembled. A smart thief, he said, would know that a classic car has a much greater value whole rather than in pieces.

“If somebody is cutting those cars apart, then they’re cutting the value in them, which is the reason they stole it in the first place,” Scafidi said. “If somebody’s going to go through the trouble of stealing them, they would know that their value is in the complete unit.” Scafidi said thieves who steal such cars usually try to create fraudulent titles and fake vehicle identification numbers.

Average thieves, Scafidi said, usually go after cars that have something they can resell for a few bucks. But when it comes to classic cars, “they’re not going to steal that kind of vehicle unless they have someone who will pay for the whole thing.”

For the owners, any monetary loss takes a back seat to the hours spent and the emotional attachment they have with their vehicles. For Parmer, it was his lifelong dream to build his Chevelle, a reminder of his love for cars, of his childhood. He works as a car dealer in Holt, Mich. “In building this car, I see that 8-year-old standing there. There’s me and there’s that kid I was that had that passion, and I still have it today,” Parmer said Tuesday, his voice breaking. “That’s one of the things that’s driven me all these years to work so hard. My love for cars.”

For Quin, his Chevrolet is his creation. The truck’s cab extends 24 inches — a design that he made himself. He has been working on cars for 50 years and bought the vehicle from a private seller for $1,000 about a year and a half ago. “When I was a teenager, I was fascinated by them, so I got into body works,” said Quin, of Washington, Ill. “It’s my artwork, like somebody who does a painting.”

For Tape, his truck is a reminder of the hours he and his father spent working on it. He’s been building cars for 10 years, like most of his relatives. He and his father, Tim Tape, began building the Chevrolet Silverado two years ago and finished it last year. The two spent almost every night working on it. “It’s very sentimental. It’s not just a vehicle you can go out and replace tomorrow,” said Tape, an iron worker from Middleville, Mich. “My dad and I built the whole thing. There’s a lot of father-and-son time spent on that car. It definitely sucks.”

“I don’t know if I could consider it a stolen vehicle,” said Tim Tape, who has owned the truck since 1996. “It’s more like kidnapping, like it was one of our kids.”

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