We’ve all heard about the classic movie “Gone in 60 Seconds.”
Well, how about the sequel – “Gone in 19 Seconds.”
That’s the brief time that thieves needed to steal a 1977 Corvette in Sterling Heights, Michigan on Aug. 25!
The owner of the car had ducked into the Walmart at 14 Mile and Van Dyke roads, parked away from other customers to keep his pride and joy safe and sound.
Or so he thought.
Unfortunately, thieves in a black Dodge Magnum had other thoughts. At some point while the owner of the sky blue Corvette, valued at about $20,000, was inside the store for about an hour, two people pulled up behind him. The passenger hopped out, climbed into the Corvette, cranked it up and pulled away, all in 19 seconds, with his or her accomplice right behind in the Magnum.
And it was all captured on video cameras mounted atop the Walmart store.
“They must be pretty good at hotwiring cars, then,” said the owner, who asked not to be identified.
He had bought the car 10 years ago and “had a lot of work done to it,” including a paint job.
“I don’t drive it in the winter,” the careful owner said. “I store it under a locked garage door.”
How many of us have also driven our car to a store, telling ourselves, “we’ll just be a minute. What could happen?” This story should be a lesson for all car enthusiasts, showing that it can take less than 20 seconds to lose your pride and joy to a thief.
The crime upset this Corvette owner so much that he had to be rushed to a hospital because he was having an anxiety attack. “I couldn’t catch my breath,” he said.
Now, he has a message for the thieves.
“I want my car back,” he says. “How would you feel if I came and took your car?”
If you have information about the theft, you’re asked to call Sterling Heights police at 586-446-2800.
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