Owner heartbroken after $300K muscle car stolen
Parmer was in town for car show at IMS
Last Updated: 72 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Authorities and car enthusiasts are trying to find a car valued at $300,000 that was stolen from a Michigan man on the city’s west side over the weekend.
The car is a rare, completely restored 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle muscle car.
The car’s owner, Keith Parmer, said he fell for fast cars as a kid.
"(When I was) 7 or 8 years old, I'd get every copy of Hot Rod magazine and carry it around until the next one came out and read the articles until I just about had it memorized," Parmer said.
For car aficionados, it doesn’t get much better, but the car was also an attractive target for the thieves that stole the car from a parking lot on the city’s west side.
The car was stolen only hours after Parmer and his wife accepted the trophy for best muscle car at a car show at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"The car never really left our sight until this and this is the first time we've had it out and it's gone and there's nothing you can do about it now," Parmer said.
Parmer told police that he parked the car in a trailer at a Sam's Club next to the hotel where he spent the weekend.
On Sunday morning, the locks on the trailer were cut and the car was gone. The store uses security cameras, but it's unclear if the theft was captured on tape.
Parmer said insurance only covers a third of the Chevelle's value, but the theft represents more than just money.
His emotional connection to the automobile goes back more than 40 years after he spent thousands of hours of labor to restore it to perfection.
"What's heartbreaking and gut-wrenching about it is that I don't know if I have it in me to start from scratch," Parmer said.
The theft has been splashed across the Internet on muscle car chat boards with the hope that the thieves are caught, and the car is returned to its heartbroken owner.
There is a $10,000 reward for the car's recovery.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at crimetips.org or by texting "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274627.
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