Cherished classic Chevy found at Fresno chop shop, returned to family

The Fresno BeeFebruary 13, 2014 

A photo provided by the Colombini family shows a 1952 Chevrolet Deluxe convertible that was stolen from the family's Fresno auto body shop on Jan. 17.

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A stolen classic car is back in the hands of its owners after a tip led police to a chop shop in southeast Fresno on Wednesday.

The 1952 Chevrolet Deluxe convertible was stolen from Kenneth Colombini on Jan. 17 when thieves broke into his shop near Lansing Way and Fine Avenue. Colombini intended that the car, valued at more than $50,000, be a gift to his daughter.

Sgt. Tim Tietjen of the Fresno Police Department's Career Criminal Auto Theft Team said the family received a tip that the car was at the chop shop in the 5880 block of East Rancho Drive. Officers found the car there, along with contraband and other stolen vehicles, Tietjen said. The police team is still investigating evidence found at the address.

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