Ronnie Lee Long of La Mesa Mobile Home Park in Morgantown, West Virginia was arrested and is now being held on $250,000 on charges that he stole a 1975 Corvette. During the theft, Long led authorities on a chase that culminated with the Corvette crashing into a tow truck. The Corvette is owned by Rocky Manchin, brother of US Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
I was perusing some Corvette salvage classifieds when I came across this ad for a 2007 Corvette Z06. It was listed as a theft recovery but obviously only part of the Corvette was recovered! This made for some interesting reading when describing the vehicle’s condition: Won’t Start, Missing Key. Dang! I was hoping to test drive it too.
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For many teen drivers, a Corvette is a dream car that they hope they will one day own. For Kachina Village, Arizona teen Mitchell Mohler Jr, it was a goal made possible by shoveling snow and doing other jobs which raised several thousand dollars. His Dad kicked in the rest and together they purchased a restored 1980 Corvette. That dream of Corvette ownership has since turned into a nightmare when the Corvette was stolen from a car show and crashed on Route 66.
Last week a Hemmings blog reader alerted the site when his father’s prized possessions, a sunfire yellow 1966 Corvette convertible and a 1969 Camaro SS Clone were stolen from a storage facility in Northwest Arkansas. The good news is both cars were recovered. The Corvette was found hidden in a remote location in the woods while the Camaro was located at a residence.
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The Highway Loss Data Institute’s recent report about insurance claims for theft during 2007-09 includes the Corvette Z06 on its list. So are Corvettes and particularly the lower production, high performance Corvette Z06 stolen that often to make the HLDI’s “Most Stolen List”? The surprising answer is no.
We got word this evening that 1996 Corvette Grand Sport #947 was stolen out of the driveway of the owner’s house in North Miami Beach, Florida last Thursday, June 10th. Margie Love, the owner of the Corvette since new, had pulled into her driveway in her other car around 10pm and interrupted a burglary of her home. The robber(s) had found the keys to the Grand Sport and used it as a getaway car, causing a massive amount of damage in the process.
A rare and valuable 1954 Corvette roadster was stolen from a Wilwaukie, Oregon man’s garage. Emory Molchan said he discovered the Corvette missing from its garage on Tuesday. Molchan owns three 1954 Corvettes but the stolen car was the most valuable. Following a four-year restoration, Molchan says the Corvette only has just 500 miles on the odometer.
Chance Mayfield walked out of the Broadway Barn honky-tonk in Nashville on a night in November 1970 and found that his Nassau Blue 1965 Corvette Convertible had been stolen. The Corvette was worth about $2,200 at the time of the theft. With no insurance, Mayfield thought the Corvette was gone forever. Fast forward to this summer when a Detective from the Scottsdale Arizona police department called Mayfield to tell him they located the classic sting ray after a routine inspection revealed the stolen car.
This Black 1979 Corvette T-Top Coupe was stolen in Bellevue, Washington on October 7th. The Corvette was at Bellevue Chevrolet on 430 116th Avenue NE when it taken around 8:00 am. The Corvette is all original and has rims that looks like flames. The VIN is 1Z8789S440548. When the Corvette was taken, it was wearing Arizona plates reading 523 DMM. A set of Washington license plates were also in the car and they are 982MLF.
If you are out and about in the Seattle/Bellevue area and you come across such a Corvette, please call authorities or email the details to us and we’ll pass them along to the owner.