On Wednesday night (Oct. 31), Burien detectives located the turquoise 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible that was stolen from Burien City Garage in September, after serving a search warrant at a house in SeaTac.
Here’s a video released showing the car after it was recovered by Burien Police:
The car was discovered stolen Sept. 23 from the garage in the 14900 block of Ambaum Blvd. SW in Burien, when an employee found the business had been forcibly entered and the classic car, which had been parked in the showroom, was missing.
On Monday, Oct. 29, police received information that the suspect was attempting to trade the stolen car for another classic car that had been listed for sale in Colorado on the internet. The suspect texted the man in Colorado, who had the classic Impala listed for sale, asking if he was interested in a trade.
The Colorado man received a text picture of the stolen Bel Air and became suspicious because of the car’s value. The man searched the internet in Seattle for information and found a news article about the stolen car. He immediately called the Burien City Garage where the car was stolen from.
Duane Quande, the shop owner, passed the information on to detectives who began an investigation into the matter. By Wednesday, detectives had enough information to obtain a search warrant to search a garage in the 17300 block of 33rd Ave South in SeaTac.
The search warrant was served around 7 p.m. and detectives located the stolen car inside the garage. The car appeared to be in good condition.
The suspect, a 33-year old Tukwila man, was arrested and booked into the King County Jail.