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Custom 1957 Chevy Bel Air worth $150,000 reported stolen from auto shop

July 9, 2010 | 10:08 am

Los Angeles Police Lt. Edward Pape sees a lot of car theft – but not like the case that crossed his desk this week.

Early Wednesday morning, a customized 1957 Chevy Bel Air was discovered missing from an auto shop on Reseda Boulevard. Pape described the car as a "showpiece" valued at approximately $150,000. The car belonged to a transmission shop located at 7528 Reseda Blvd. in Reseda.

"When you have a car like this that is tricked out so to speak, it's kind of rare to see a theft," said Pape, the commanding officer of the LAPD's West Valley Detective Unit. "It wouldn't be a car you would drive down the street."

The car is "Cadillac red" with a tan interior and convertible top, Pape said. The car was parked inside the transmission shop when it was stolen. The owner of the shop discovered the car missing at 1:40 a.m., Pape said.

Because the car belonged to the business, the crime has been classified as a commercial theft, Pape said.

The car's license plate number is 5HEINZ7, Pape said. Anyone who sees it or has information about the theft is asked to call the West Valley Detective Unit at (818) 374-7730.

-- Sam Allen