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An Indiana Corvette owner has learned a hard lesson about the dangers of deals on the Internet.
Mike Stull decided to turn to Craigslist to find someone to replace the top on his yellow 1986 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car convertible.
He thought he had found the perfect person in 27-year-old Matthew Warman.
“I put an ad on Craigslist saying, ‘Does anyone know how to put a top on?’ and a guy contacted me and says, ‘I’ve done it before. I used to work in a top place.’ So he said he could do it,” Stull said. Unfortunately, that was the last time he saw his Corvette.
Police did manage to arrest Warman on Wednesday, but authorities determined through their investigation that he didn’t have the Corvette in his possession any longer.
“(Warman) was unwilling to cooperate and tell us where the car was at,” said Sergeant Bill Lynch of the Bristol Police Department.
Now Stull has decided to have a little “hair of the dog that bit him,” so to speak. He’s put another listing on Craigslist offering a $500 cash reward to anyone who can lead him to his car – and he won’t ask any questions.
Stull had the top bid on the car three years ago at a charity event. His wife “kept nudging me, saying, ‘Bid higher, bid higher, bid higher,’ ” Stull said.
Here’s hoping someone can bring Stull and his Corvette back together.
After all, he says, “Love convertibles, and a Corvette; I love Corvettes.”