Stolen Car Found 16 Years Later
October 22, 2011 by staff
Edward Neeley, who tracked the vehicle in Utah last month, has to carry home on Tuesday. “I signed the papers and I have the keys in the car here,” said Neeley, moments before he could see his 1969 Camaro for the first time in 16 years.
Neeley flew to Salt Lake City on Monday night to claim the car in the building of the Utah State Tax Commission. “Nervous, excited, emotions are going crazy right now,” said Neeley, anticipating the moment see his muscle car again.
Neeley could not contain his excitement when he saw the red Camaro. “Oh, oh, I have my baby back,” said Neeley, running toward the car.
Neeley has the Camaro when he was 18 and known by the name Chelsey Pearl. In 1995, someone stole it. By sheer luck and perseverance, Neeley, recovered. It was destiny, he said. “Never in a million years thought he was coming, even after he was found on the Internet.”
Earlier this year, Neeley was the investigation of muscle cars online when he saw the Camaro is on sale on KSL Classifieds. The seller, a man of Syracuse, who had bought the car four years ago on eBay. The researchers say that while that man does not know the VIN number had changed. When the vehicle was registered in Utah, an officer not capture.
“It is not known how many people owned it and how it is bought and sold and how many miles he had on him,” said Charlie Roberts, spokesman for the Enforcement Division of Motor Vehicles.
Neeley knew the Camaro was his as soon as I saw the photos online. He and his father went to Utah to resolve it.
Neeley received a copy of a police report of the Syracuse police, listed the vehicle’s VIN number. As an “old muscle car,” says Neeley acknowledged that the list belonged to a Chevelle VIN, not a Camaro.
Davis County investigators then a search warrant and found the real VIN number on the door panel, which confirmed the suspicions of Neeley.
After an investigation, the Division of Motor Vehicle Enforcement to return the car to Neeley, who was determined to be the rightful owner.
Investigators say the former owner of the car is also a victim. That man, Brent Dockery, said he bought the car for almost 16,000 and adding another and 10,000 in improvements.
In September, Dockery said he wanted to do the updates installed in the car. The Enforcement Division of Motor Vehicles, said among other things Neeley and the other owner will have to be resolved in civil court.
Dockery could not be reached for comment Tuesday and Neeley said he has not heard from him.
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