Many of us have never had the unfortunate experience of having our car stolen. But for those of us who have had a car stolen, the only real highlight is getting it back, and in one piece. Most of the time, the news about your car is not very good at all, and you may never get it back.
A stolen car that isn’t worth much is a bad enough experience, but when it’s a car that you saved from a field and took five years to build with your son, then it can be quite daunting. We told you about the case of the 73 Plum Crazy Challenger stolen from a garage this past April, and the search went virtually world-wide via internet forums and classic car web sites.
The story goes like this: Aaron Dahrooge rescued a 73 Challenger from a farmer’s field and spent five years rebuilding it with his son, Sims. When winter came around, they stored it in the garage at Aaron’s mother’s home for safe keeping. But this past March, when they went to retrieve the car from his late mother’s garage they found that the house had been secured by Bank of America, as the home had been in foreclosure.
When Aaron and his son went to the garage, there was a big empty space that the Challenger used to occupy, and immediately they knew something was wrong. They tried to get answers from the bank, but the bank was no help at all, so they went to the police in Worcester, MA, and filed a report.
As it turns out, the two men hired by the bank, Patrick Peryer and Kurtis Lavigne, were not so squeaky clean, and they stole the car. The bank states that they only hired the men to secure the property, but the Dahrooges can’t believe that a background check hadn’t been performed on the two men prior to hiring them.
The car was recently found in Lavigne’s garage when Peryer had tried to register it in New Hampshire using the VIN. The two men were arrested on warrants for receiving a stolen vehicle.
Sims teared up, and Aaron was rather emotional when they saw the car again. Sims said he was told by nearly everyone that he’d never see it again. The car was not in such great shape, apparently it was used for doing burnouts and joyriding, and the transmission was shot. One fender had some damage to it, and the car needed to be pushed. It was taken to their home via flatbed, and they feel that Bank of America should be held liable for the repairs.
Either way, Aaron and Sims are glad to have their car back, and they’ll work on it together, again, to bring it back to the condition it was in when it was stolen. We all love a happy ending when it comes to a stolen muscle car, and it’s great that they were able to get their car back after just a few months.