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Wetzel County family asking for public's help to find stolen classic car

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTRF) - A Wetzel County couple is asking for your help after their car was stolen over the weekend, but this wasn't just any car. It's a classic they had restored themselves. 

Joe and Roberta Cain were taking their 1969 Chevy Chevelle to the Goodguys Car Show in Columbus over the weekend, when it was stolen from their hotel parking lot.

This car means so much to the family, and they're offering a reward for information that helps law enforcement find it. 

"We were devastated," Roberta Cain said. "We never imagined that would happen." 

They also never imagine they wouldn't be bringing the classic car home with them. 

"My husband has had this 1969 Chevelle for several years," Roberta explained. "He built it from the ground up. It's very special to him and he would really like to get it back."

Joe spent years restoring the car, and Roberta said they are both devastated that it's gone. 

She described the car as a 1969 Daytona Blue Chevy Chevelle. It has a West Virginia license plate "JOES1969" and an inspection sticker that expires this month. 

"It has a sun roof, which is rare," Roberta continued. "He put that in his self, so it's not original. "We just put brand new BF Goodrich tires on it the day before we went to Columbus."

It also has a 355 engine, Cragar Wheels and an automatic transmission. 

Roberta told 7News that after spending Friday at the Goodguys Car Show, they brought the car back to the Doubletree by Hilton in Worthington around midnight. 

"When we got up in the morning we discovered it was missing," she explained. "There was also another one there that they had broken into, but they didn't take and there was one at the hotel next door that was stolen."

Our sister station WDTN in Dayton reports that a 1969 dark red Chevy SS Camaro with black stripes was stolen from the Comfort Suites Fairgrounds over the weekend as well. 

The Cain family asks anyone who sees the car to call police immediately, so police can go find the car. 

For now they continue to share the information across social media, hoping someone will spot their Chevelle. 

 "It was not a car that he just bought," Roberta said. "I don't wish it on anybody, but it's a car that he poured his heart and soul into."

If you have any information or have seen this car, call the Ohio State Highway Patrol at (330) 725-4921 or the Columbus Police Department at (614) 645-4545. 


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