A Michigan man has recovered his vintage automobile in Los Angeles after posting a plea on Facebook. Rock Stevens of Port Huron, Michigan was devastated when his 1958 Jaguar XK150 was stolen from its storage facility in the eastern Michigan town. A resident of Applegate, a town 30 miles north of Port Huron, saw his social media posts and notified him that she had seen his antique car in her neighbor’s yard.
Stevens first purchased his vintage car in 1978. For the past 25 years, he has kept the Jaguar safely tucked away in the garage of a house that he used to own. The new owner agreed to keep the car onsite after he purchased the home from Stevens. However, the house’s owner later moved to Cleveland, Ohio, leaving the home unoccupied. The car thief entered the home through a side door and removed the bolts from the garage door, allowing him to drive the antique car out the garage. The thief then replaced the bolts, hoping to avoid detection.
After the theft, Stevens alerted the police and Keith Merritt of the Port Huron Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Division was assigned to his case. After receiving the information from Stevens’ Facebook query, the detective discovered that the thief was a neighbor of the home owner. According to Merritt, the thief stole the automobile to recoup a debt that the house’s owner owed him. When questioned, the burglar readily admitted that he took the car and sold it to the Beverly Hills Car Club, a classic car dealership in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles police plan to return the Jaguar to Stevens in Michigan, pending positive identification of the valuable car. The thief, whose name has not yet been revealed, is expected to be arraigned for car theft sometime this week. Although the police did not disclose the total value of the car, a similar Jaguar sold for more than $500,000 at auction in 2015.