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Garden Grove man reunited with stolen hot rod

January 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A Garden Grove man had his prized classic car back in his garage Wednesday night after thieves made off with it earlier in the week.Robert Slovick left his 1934 Ford coupe parked in an enclosed 20-foot trailer outside his house over the weekend. When he woke up Sunday morning, the trailer was gone.

The car was recovered by Garden Grove police detectives Wednesday morning.

"There's not even a mark," Slovick said. "It has a couple finger prints on it. That's about it. It's a good day. It's a really good day."

Having owned it since 1997, Slovick had invested $75,000 to restore it and said it is now worth $250,000.

Garden Grove detectives discovered that a similar trailer stolen in the last week was recovered in front of a, auto body shop on Westminster Avenue.

"Detectives went out to that business and conducted a business check," said Lt. Jeff Nightengale of the Garden Grove Police Department. "When they went inside they located the vehicle underneath some blankets, undamaged."

A suspect has been arrested and more may be arrested.

"This is like a fairy tale," Slovick said. "I guarantee you it will never be out in the street in a trailer again. I can promise you that."