HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - Robbers hit a Hampton man where it hurts Monday night, but a local homeowner came to his rescue.
Larry Phlegar lives off Big Bethel Road and says someone stole his yellow corvette from his yard. The car is a 2003 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition Corvette -- a Sports Coupe with only 9723 miles on it. He's had it for ten years.
Phlegar filed a report with police, but thought the car was lost for good until a homeowner on Peek Street in Downtown Hampton noticed a strange car parked in front of his home. The car was under a tarp and the plates had been removed. The homeowner got suspicious, called police, and it turned out to be Phlegar's Corvette.
Phlegar has his car back, but told WAVY.com the thieves put 440 miles on it in just four days and left behind CDs and a knife.
"At first you think somebody has moved it, at first you think somebody has borrowed it," Phlegar said. "When I came out, walked around and realized it wasn't on my property anymore. It was devastating."
The thieves also tried to take an ATV, but had to abandon it when it wouldn't start. They didn't realize Larry had taken out the battery.
Sgt. Jason Price with the Hampton Police Division told WAVY.com no arrests have been made.
If you know anything about the thievery, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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