A dying father's legacy to his daughter, a classic 1952 Chevrolet Deluxe convertible, is missing and the family desperately wants it back.
Kenneth Colombini's name is well-known in the Fresno hot rod community. He has built many custom cars during 40 years in the auto body business, but the Chevy is one of two he has kept in the family, said his son, Eric Colombini.
Kenneth Colombini is dying of prostate cancer, his son said, and it's his wish to leave the valuable car to his daughter, Charise, 49.
But on Jan. 17, thieves broke into Kenneth Colombini's shop near Lansing Way and Fine Avenue in east-central Fresno through an adjoining, vacant shop and drove out with the car.
Eric Colombini said the vehicle is worth $50,000 to $70,000, but the family doesn't believe it would be easy to sell.
"Being a convertible, it's fairly rare," he said.
The family is offering a "sizable reward" for the return of the car, depending on the shape it's in if it's returned, Eric Colombini said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Fresno police detective Rudy Montoya at (559) 621-6436 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.
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