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3 classic cars stolen in L.A. in 1 month

July 31, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Rhonda Graham points to the only thing thieves left at her home: the cover to her beloved car.Graham's car is no ordinary set of wheels. It's a 1959 Chevy Impala that she had for nearly five decades. Last night, someone broke into her yard and stole it.

"I went to close the windows in the kitchen, I looked out and I thought, the gate is open and the car is gone," Graham said. "It was like a bad dream. I thought, no this couldn't be and I came out and I walked up and down the street and everything and it just didn't seem real at all."

This is not your usual stolen car, and what's even more unusual. is that there has been a string of classic car thefts in the last few weeks.

On July 17, another 1959 red Chevy Impala convertible worth $100,000 was stolen in Glendale. Two men were caught on a security camera taking the vehicle. The owner of the car has offered a $5,000 reward for its return.

And on July 7, a customized 1957 Chevy Bel Air was taken from an auto shop in Reseda. That car was valued at about $150,000 dollars.

Graham said the thieves were quick about it. The lock on her gate was cut and she never heard it. She said a neighbor told her they heard a truck around 11:30 p.m. Friday night but nothing more.

Graham bought the Impala while she was in high school. She has a message for the thieves.

"Just bring it back," Graham said. "I know it means a lot of money in your pocket, but it's also a piece of my life."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) 527-3247.


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