Olympia man hunts for rare El Camino stolen from father's garage

Staff writerMarch 15, 2014 

Olympia resident John Conner is searching for this custom 1979 El Camino, which was reported stolen March 13.

COURTESY OF JOHN CONNER

By Andy Hobbs An Olympia man is devastated over the theft of a customized 1979 Chevrolet El Camino that belonged to his late father.

John Conner said the car was stolen Thursday from the garage at his father’s house on Coulter Street Northeast near North Thurston High School. Conner has shared pictures of the car on Facebook, but so far has received no promising leads.

The vehicle — a car/pickup hybrid — holds sentimental value for Conner, whose late father spent several years rebuilding it. Robert Conner died Feb. 17, but had planned to pass down the car to family.

“My whole life, I helped him build hot rods,” John Conner said. “This car was hand-built from the ground up.”

Conner said the car is worth at least $60,000. When he learned about the theft, Conner had been finalizing paperwork for his father’s estate so he could bring the car home.

Conner said the thieves also stole car-related tools, but nothing else. The house backs up to the Chehalis-Western Trail, and anyone passing by could see the El Camino through a window.

“It’s like someone knew it was there and knew Dad had passed,” said Conner, who invites the thieves to return the car to the house, no questions asked. “It’s worth more to me than it is to them.”

Anyone with information about the El Camino can call Conner at 360-612-2001 or the Olympia Police Department at 360-753-8300.

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869 or ahobbs@theolympian.com

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